Experience careers that explore solutions for climate change, biodiversity loss, natural resources management, and urban life through the Center for Tree Science REU Program, Tree Science in the Anthropocene, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program may apply for this nationally competitive fellowship. Participate in a paid, intensive 10-week summer program to conduct an independent research project under the guidance of a PhD-level mentor. Research areas include: evolutionary biology, ecosystems ecology, conservation biology, urban forestry and tree care, computer modeling, and engineering solutions.

Gain direct experience on all aspects of a research project, from reading the primary literature, experimental design, collecting and analyzing data, to presenting the results at a final symposium. Develop critical thinking, independence, self-confidence, perseverance, and collaborative skills. Interact with REUs from other Chicago institutions, and benefit from workshops on science communication, ethics, and professional development. Learn skills you can apply anywhere. The Center for Tree Science also offers opportunities to return to continue your work.

The 2022 program dates are May 31 through August 5. Participants receive a $6,000 stipend, housing, travel assistance, and small research budget. Applications are accepted December 1, 2021, through February 4, 2022.