Hi folks, I am once again serving as the Program Coordinator for the Urban Ecology Field Lab, a summer research/mentorship program at the Field Museum of Natural History. We’re doing important research on biodiversity, soil/water relationships, and social engagement and equity issues in Chicago’s greenspaces. Our students get fantastic research training and make meaningful contributions to urban ecology in Chicago. Roosevelt has had students participate in all four years of the program, and I’d like to encourage students and recent alumni to apply for this year.
In brief, the Urban Ecology Field Lab is an 8-week interdisciplinary course that will train students in social and ecological theory and methods that will prepare them to conduct urban ecology research, which they will apply in a practicum project in partnership with a local community-based organization and a land management/public policy agency here in Chicago. This is the fourth year of the program and it’s been a fantastic experience to be a part of. The program is run by scientists and staff at the Field Museum of Natural History. The program runs from June 10 – August 2. The first four weeks involve methods training, field trips, and overnight immersive experiences. The final four weeks require data collection and analysis, culminating in a presentation of actionable results to local stakeholders doing conservation and social engagement work in the community.
Cost of the program is $1500 (full and partial scholarships available, and the program also counts as a 4-credit class at RU), which includes:
- 2 overnight immersive experiences
- Weekly field trips
- Equipment for methods training
- Lunch once a week
- Coffee and tea once a week
Does not cover lodging or food.
I would greatly appreciate your help recruiting students to participate in Field Lab. Applications can be found on the course website, https://www.fieldmuseum.org/…/scien…/urban-ecology-field-lab. Please share widely.
The application deadline is April 12th.
please contact me with any questions! gpickren[at]roosevelt[dot]edu