DNA Residency for High School Students

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

The DNA Research Summer Residency provides Chicago and suburban high school students 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 six-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.

Requirements (on-line application)

Students will be responsible for creating a digital media project based on their learning experiences during the residency.

  • Must be Chicago or IL suburban high school sophomore or junior.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age upon date of acceptance-no exceptions.
  • Must submit an essay (300-500 words) describing why they would like to take part in this program and which science classes they have taken.
  • Must have a strong interest in incorporating scientific research and/or genetics into their school programming or study.
  • Must provide a letter of recommendation from a science teacher.
  • Must commit to program 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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