REU Blog

Posted on July 3, 2014 - 17:43 by Kevin Cheng

Hello everyone! My name is Kevin Cheng, and I will be a Senior at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois in the fall of 2014. Stevenson High School offers a wonderful summer science internship opportunity for students that are interested in STEM-related careers. This program is entitled STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge, or SPARK, for short.

Posted on June 28, 2014 - 17:15 by Monica Cesinger

"Do you feel doomed?" my long-time friend Sophie asked me last week over dinner, when the conversation had turned to conservation. My friend Scott and I looked at each other, looked back at her, and shrugged a "sort of" in resigned unison. The fact of the matter is, our generation will be privy to one of the bleakest eras in ecological history, and knowing that, we couldn’t possibly say no.

Posted on June 27, 2014 - 19:16 by Linsey Nowack

Hi, my name is Linsey Nowack. In the upcoming fall, I will be a senior attending Adlai E. Stevenson High School which is half an hour’s drive northwest of the Gardens. I began my internship at the Chicago Botanic Gardens through my school’s STEM-based internship program coined SPARK.

Posted on June 27, 2014 - 15:48 by Deisi Williamson

Hello! Happy Friday! My name is Deisi Williamson and I have just finished my third week working for the Chicago Botanic Garden in the genetic Research Lab. First, I would like to say it has been a crazy, amazing, hectic week, and I loved every second of it.

Posted on June 26, 2014 - 22:16 by Matthew Murphy

Greetings everyone! My name is Matt Murphy. I will be a junior this upcoming Fall majoring in Biology at Illinois College. Illinois College is a small, private liberal arts school located in Jacksonville, Illinois (which is thirty miles west of the Springfield).

Posted on June 26, 2014 - 21:32 by Giselle Varrientos

My adventure began with a lump of dirt. Not just any dirt, but lacustrine sediment from the bottom of a lake in Minnesota. I was working on this lump of dirt when my project advisor walked in to check my progress.

Posted on June 23, 2014 - 20:46 by Maureen Page

Hello Everyone! My name is Maureen Page and I am a rising junior at Scripps College. I am spending the summer studying the pollination of Echinacea angustifolia through the Echinacea Project in Western Minnesota.

Posted on May 16, 2014 - 14:29 by Chloe Siegel

My name is Chloe Siegel. I'm wrapping up my senior year at New Trier High School. New Trier has a wonderful program called Senior Project where qualifying seniors are able to pursue an interest of theirs in their community, or around the world. I've been lucky enough to participate by working in the Economic Botany and Plant Genetics laboratories at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Posted on August 19, 2013 - 14:20 by Allison May Buiser

Hey everyone!! 

Posted on August 14, 2013 - 22:45 by Claire Milsted

Hi everyone!

I’ve been working in Erin Vander Stelt (along with my co-intern Mihael, who has already posted on this blog)  on the genetics of Isoetes butleri, a lycopod found in Illinois and a few other states.