The Field Museum houses one of the world’s foremost scientific collections of biological diversity (>25 million specimens), and supports active biodiversity research around the globe. Despite the urgency of the current biodiversity crisis, few educational opportunities exist for students in the biological sciences to interact with scientists and institutions dedicated to the study of organic diversity. The Field Museum REU program will train a cohort of at least eight students in biodiversity-related research in a 10-week summer program. Each participant will undertake an independent research project supervised by a museum scientist in a discipline such as taxonomy and systematics, phylo/ biogeography, paleontology, molecular phylogenetics, or conservation. Students will experience biological diversity through the use of the museum’s collections in their research, and will be trained in project-relevant techniques and equipment such as the scanning electron microscope, various light microscopy set-ups, and equipment in the Pritzker DNA lab. A six-week course in phylogenetic systematics run concurrently with intern projects will provide a common theoretical framework for their research. At the conclusion of the summer students will present their research results to their peers and museum scientists at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Providing equal opportunity in biodiversity-related research is an important goal of the program.
CURRENT STATUS: Application opening date pending.
Field Museum's REU Program 2015: INFORMATION PENDING, PLEASE CHECK BACK
The current REU program funding is pending. The 2012-2014 REU program was funded through an REU-Site grant of the National Science Foundation, DBI 11-56594 (PIs Drs. Petra Sierwald and Kenneth Angielczyk). The 2009- 2011 REU program was funded through an REU-Site grant of the National Science Foundation DBI: 08-49958 (PIs Drs. Petra Sierwald and Peter Makovicky).
Relevant dates for 2015:
- Projects posted on website: January 5, 2015
- Applications open: PENDING
- Application deadline: PENDING
- Letters of reference deadline: PENDING
- Awards announced (by email): PENDING
- Awardee accept / decline deadline: PENDING
- REU internship period: June 8, 2015 - August 14, 2015
- Phylogenetic workshop series (weekly) and introductory lectures: Wednesday from 4-6pm, June 10 to July 22, 2015 (evening class, participation mandatory)
- Research Symposium: August 14, 2015 (participation mandatory)
Please refer to the tutorial at the bottom of the page to help you through the online application system. If you have a problem that is not addressed in the tutorial, please email Stephanie Ware. You will need an e-mail account to register for the on-line application. After you register, an authentication e-mail will be sent to your e-mail acoount. If you do not receive this authentication message, check the SPAM filter of your e-mail account.
ON-LINE APPLICATION (Currently Closed)
Potential 2015 REU Projects
Pending NSF program funding, 8 projects will be funded through the Field Museum's NSF-REU program. The projects will be selected based on the number and the qualifications of applicants for each of the projects.
- Compiling an atlas of phylogenetic characters for anomodont therapsids with Dr. Kenneth D. Angielczyk (Associate Curator of Paleomammalogy, Geology, Integrative Research Center)
- Evolutionary atlas of Malawian birds with Dr. John Bates (Associate Curator, Birds, and Head of Life Sciences, Integrative Research Center)
- Holotypes across the Sciences with Dr. Joyce C. Havstad (Philosopher-in-Residence, Integrative Research Center)
- Bryozone—A home for the biodiversity of a colonial animal phylum with Dr. Scott Lidgard (MacArthur Associate Curator of Fossil Invertebrates, Geology, Integrative Research Center)
- Bringing Collections to Life: Analysis of Specimen Data Using Modern Bioinformatics Tools: with Dr. Robert Lücking (Adjunct Curator for Lichenized Fungi, Botany, Gantz Family Collections Center) and Dr. Mark Johnston (Geographic Information Manager, Action Science Center)
- Is everything everywhere? - Understanding hidden diversity of tropical lichens with Dr. Thorsten Lumbsch (Robert A. Pritzker Director of the Integrative Research Center and Curator of Lichenized Fungi, Botany, Integrative Research Center)
- An assessment of the relative thickness and density of limb bones in extinct diving birds (Aves, Hesperornithidae) with Dr. Peter J. Makovicky (Associate Curator of Dinosaurs, Geology, Integrative Research Center) and Dr. N. Adam Smith (JC Meeker Postdoctoral Fellow, Integrative Research Center)
- Systematics and Taxonomy of Cichlids in the Genus Thorichthys with Dr. Caleb McMahan (Collections Manager, Fishes, Gantz Family Collections Center)
- Let's discover the "invisible world" - Using next-generation sequencing to uncover the microbial community inside spiny ants with Dr. Corrie S. Moreau (MacArthur Associate Curator, Insects, Integrative Research Center) Manuela Ramalho (Visiting Graduate Student, Integrative Research Center)
- Evolution of Mitochondrial DNA in Ferns with Dr. Matt von Konrat (Head of Botanical Collections and Collections Manager (Bryophytes & Ferns), Gantz Family Collections Center) and Dr. Felix Grewe (Postdoctoral Researcher, Integrative Research Center)
- Molecular Evolution of Quillworts (Isoetes) with Dr. Matt von Konrat (Head of Botanical Collections and Collections Manager (Bryophytes & Ferns), Gantz Family Collections Center) and Dr. Felix Grewe (Postdoctoral Researcher, Integrative Research Center)
Explore past Field Museum REU programs!
- 2014 REU program
- 2011 REU program
- 2013 REU program
- 2010 REU program
- 2012 REU program
- 2009 REU program
We have also uploaded material from REU programs from 2009 to 2014, which you may download by clicking the document links below.