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Plant Biology and Conservation REU

Primary Institution: Chicago Botanic Garden
Affiliation: Northwestern University
City: Glencoe
State: IL
Job Duration: 10-weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Biology, Biological Sciences, Environmental Science, Plant Conservation, Ecology, Restoration
Description: The Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University offer a program for eight undergraduate students to collaborate with scientists conducting ecological and evolutionary research for 10 weeks during the summer of 2008 (26th May - 1st August). Each student will participate in an on going study with a researcher from the Chicago Botanic Garden or other institution. Responsibilities generally include field sampling, laboratory studies, data analysis and scientific writing.  In addition, students attend seminars and workshops on research, career planning, ecological ethics, and graduate school preparation. At the end of the summer, students will develop their research results, prepare an abstract, and present their findings at a student research symposium. The Chicago Botanic Garden research focuses on: plant conservation (ex-situ, in-situ), molecular and conservation genetics, demographics, evolution, restoration, and the effects of natural and human disturbances on ecosystems including global warming, forest harvesting, and invasive organisms. Researchers come from many disciplines and specific projects center on population and community ecology, genetics, evolution, land-use history, aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, horticulture, and atmosphere-biosphere exchanges. Visit the REU website ( for summer 2008 project listings, researchers, application form, and application process. Compensation: Students are paid a stipend for the 10-week session. Housing, subsistence, and travel costs are also provided as part of the program. Applications are due March 14, 2008.  The Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University are equal opportunity employers.
Stipend: $4,000.00
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 03/14/2008
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Louise Egerton-Warburton
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd
Glencoe, IL 60022
Phone: 847-835-6915
Fax: 847-835-5484
Secondary Contact: Nyree Zerega
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd
Glencoe, IL 60022
Phone: 847-835-6916
Fax: 847-835-5484
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