DNA Residency for High School Students

The DNA Residency provides Chicago and suburban high school students a paid opportunity to conduct genetic research alongside accomplished Field Museum scientists. In 2016, one high school student will join a research team investigating variation in genes associated with the innate immune system of birds through The Emerging Pathogens Project (https://www.fieldmuseum.org/emerging-pathogens-project). The participant will be trained in molecular biology laboratory methods and equipment used in Field Museum’s Pritzker Lab/Rice DNA Discovery Center over the course of the six-week internship. Interns from Field Museum Women In Science will be working with the DNA Residency on this project. 


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

  • Must be Chicago or suburban high school sophomore or junior.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age by June 20, 2016-no exceptions.
  • Must submit an essay (300-500 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 school programming or study.
  • Must provide a letter of recommendation from a science teacher. An additional letter from a teacher/coach/mentor may be submitted.
  • Must commit to program dates and times.

Program Dates: Monday, June 20-Friday, July 29, 2016 from 9:00am-4:00pm (excluding Monday, July 4).

Application Process: Applications for 2016 are closed.

  • The application will be available Friday, March 4-Sunday, March 27, 2016.
  • Letters of recommendation on school letterhead are due by Sunday, March 27, 2016.
  • Qualified applicants will be asked to interview Wednesday, April 6 & Thursday, April 7, 2016. 
  • Final notifications to all applicants will be made no later than Wednesday, April 13th, 2016.

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

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