Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

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.


CURRENT STATUS: The 2014 FMNH REU internship period is over. Thank you so much to all of you who applied to the program. We received over 400 applications this year and the quality of all of the applicants was extraordinary. Thank you, particularly, to the eight 2014 REU interns who made this year so spectacular!


Relevant dates for 2015:

  • Projects posted on website: PENDING
  • Applications open: PENDING
  • Application deadline: PENDING
  • Letters of reference deadline: PENDING
  • Awards announced (by email): PENDING
  • Awardee accept / decline deadline: PENDING
  • REU internship period: PENDING
  • Phylogenetic workshop series (weekly) and introductory lectures: PENDING  (evening class, participation mandatory)
  • Research Symposium: PENDING (participation mandatory)

2014 REU Projects and Interns

What's in a name? That's what we call a species - addressing species delimitation in lichenized fungi: REU intern Luis Allende advised by Dr. Thorsten Lumbsch (Curator, Botany and Associate Director, Integrative Research Center)

Hairy legs in the Nursery: REU intern Anne Gibbons advised by Dr. Petra Sierwald (Curator, Arachnida and Myriapoda) and Dr. Estevam da Silva (Postdoctoral Researcher, Arachnida and Myriapoda)

One leg at a time: The morphology of millipedes: REU intern Wilson Guillory advised by Dr. Petra Sierwald (Curator, Arachnida and Myriapoda)

Speciation and Diversification of Mammals on Islands: REU intern Chris Kyriazis advised by Dr. John Bates (Curator, Birds) and Dr. Lawrence Heaney (Curator, Mammals)

Morphological Integration in the Mandibles of Living Reptiles and Fossil Synapsids: REU intern Armita Manafzadeh advised by Dr. Kenneth D. Angielczyk (Curator, Geology)

ATM meets MET - Assembling a Taxonomic Monograph using Modern Electronic Tools: REU intern Ian Medeiros advised by Dr. Robert Lücking (Adjunct Curator and Collections Manager, Botany) and Dr. Thorsten Lumbsch (Curator, Botany and Associate Director, Integrative Research Center)

Morphological evolution of carnivoran milk teeth: REU intern Dana Reuter advised by Dr. Kenneth Angielczyk (Curator, Geology) and Dr. Susumu Tomiya (Postdoctoral Researcher, Geology)

What can we learn from 30+ years of bird migration data?: REU intern Max Witynski advised by Dr. David Willard (Adjunct Curator, Birds), Dr. Ben Marks (Collection Manager, Birds) and Dr. Douglas Stotz (Research Ecologist, Action Center)

We have posted pictures, project descriptions and REU intern symposium abstracts from 2009-2014 on our past REU projects page.

We have also uploaded material from REU programs from 2009 to 2014, which you may download by clicking the document links below.

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.

The current REU program is funded through an REU-Site grant of the National Science Foundation, DBI 11-56594 fo Drs. Petra Sierwald (Zoology) and Kenneth Angielczyk (Geology). The 2009- 2011 REU program was funded through an REU-Site grant of the National Science Foundation DBI: 08-49958 (PIs Petra Sierwald and Peter Makovicky).