Summer Research Fellowships for Undergrads at the Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum, one of the premier institutions of its kind in the US and an important open space / conservation site in the Chicago region, seeks students for the summer 2018 Center for Tree Science–Undergraduate Research Fellowship (CTS-URF) program. Fellows will spend 10 weeks at The Morton Arboretum conducting independent research under the mentorship of research scientists and associates. Check out the work of the 2016 Fellows here.

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle IL (source: Morton Arb.)

Applying for the Fellowship Program

The 2018 program dates are June 11 through August 17. Successful applicants receive a stipend, an opportunity for housing, and a nominal budget for research. Applications are accepted from January 1 through February 23; click HERE to apply. Please note: This program is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Graduating seniors and recent graduates may not apply.

The following application materials should be combined into one PDF document and submitted in the “Resume” field on the application website:

1. Cover letter (one page maximum), describing: why you would like to participate in the CTS-URF program; your career goals and how this program will help you meet them; prior research experience (if any); and your mentor and/or research area preference (PDF iconCTS-URF_2018-Projects.pdf).

2. Curriculum vitae or resume.

3. Unofficial transcripts from your academic institution.

In addition, a letter of reference should be sent by an instructor or advisor from your academic institution. Please provide them with the following email address:

The Morton Arboretum is a champion of diversity, supporting a culture of inclusion that attracts, inspires, and engages people to achieve success. The Center to Tree Science – Undergraduate Research Fellowship (CTS-URF) is particularly interested in increasing the numbers of women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Services in research. CTS-URF projects are strongly encouraged to involve students who are members of these groups, as well as first-year and second-year undergraduates who are at earlier stages in their college experience.

Please contact with questions.

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