DNA Residency for High School Students

The 2015 DNA Residency Program Is Closed.  

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.


Students 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 21, 2015-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 22-Friday, July 31, 2015 from 8:30am-3:30pm (excluding Friday, July 3).

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

Application Process: CLOSED UNTIL 2016

  • The online application is available Friday, February 27-Friday, March 27, 2015.
  • Only applications from the online site will be processed.
  • Letters of recommendation on school letterhead are due by Friday, March 27, 2015.
  • Qualified applicants will be asked to interview April 6-14, 2015.
  • Final notifications will be sent via email no later than Friday, April 24, 2015.

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

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