DNA Residency for High School Students

High school students in the DNA Residency Program work in the lab.

The DNA Residency provides Chicago and suburban high school students a paid opportunity to conduct genetic research alongside accomplished Field Museum scientists. Participants are integrated into and trained in the importance of Field Museum research- becoming part of a current research program and utilizing samples (blood/tissues) from the collections to extract, amplify, sequence, and analyze DNA. Projects provide students an understanding of genetic diversity throughout the tree of life and at all taxonomic levels, from relationships among individuals and populations to classes and phyla of organisms. 

Complete details about the 2017 DNA Residency will be posted early February. Please check back for project details and application.


Participants are responsible for creating a digital media project based on their learning experiences during the program.

  • Must be Chicago or suburban high school sophomore or junior.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age by June 26, 2017-no exceptions.
  • Must submit an essay (300-500 words) describing why they would like to take part in this particular internship program.
  • Must provide a letter of recommendation from a science teacher. An additional letter from a teacher/coach/mentor may be submitted (2 letters max).
  • Must fully commit to program dates and times.

Program Dates:  Monday, June 26- Friday, August 4, 2017 (excluding Tuesday, July 4) from 9:00 am-4:00 pm  

Application Process: Coming soon!

  • The application will be available: TBD
  • Letters of recommendation on school letterhead are due by: TBD
  • Qualified applicants will be asked to interview: TBD
  • Final notifications to all applicants will be made no later than: TBD

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

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