DNA Residency for Educators

Dates for the 2015 DNA Residency Program will be available in February.

The DNA Research Summer Residency provides Chicago and suburban educators a paid opportunity to conduct genetic research alongside accomplished Field Museum scientists. Two high school students, an educator, and one Field Museum scientist will form a team that conducts basic research during a five-week internship program.  All participants will be trained in molecular biology laboratory methods and equipment used in Field Museum’s Pritzker Lab/Rice DNA Discovery Center, gather data relevant to current research programs, and learn about all aspects of the scientific method—from sample gathering through data analysis and interpretation.  

Requirements (on-line application)

Educators will work with Field Museum staff to develop classroom learning activities and lessons.

  • Must be Chicago or suburban high school science educator.
  • Must submit an essay (200-500 words) describing why they would like to take part in this program.
  • Must have a strong interest in incorporating scientific research and/or genetics into their curriculum.
  • Must commit to weekday dates and times.

Participants will receive a stipend, a CTA/RTA pass or parking vouchers, and a one-year family membership to The Field Museum.

Email DNAprograms@fieldmuseum.org for more information.  No phone calls please.



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