Integrated Mentorship Program

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The Integrated Mentorship Program at the Center for Tree Science supports students and professionals at every stage in their career.

Students in high school and beyond can earn one of four Center for Tree Science Fellowships. Professionals can also collaborate with the Center for Tree Science in advancing the Center’s mission and vision and to discover their own path to success through project-based activities.


Research Technician Fellowship

For high school and undergraduate students interested in experiencing scientific research and tree science. Create a work schedule with your mentor, develop a mentorship contract, get paid, and participate in ongoing research in a scientific lab. Be mentored by PhD-level scientists and see what it’s like to join a lab. Laboratory, computer, and field opportunities are available. Learn more on the Research Technician Fellowship page.

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

A paid 10-week summer program for enrolled undergraduate students. Gain direct experience in all aspects of a research project, from researching the primary literature to sampling design, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting at a final symposium. Develop skills in critical thinking, independence, and collaboration. Learn more and apply on the Research Experiences for Undergraduates page.

Research Experience Extension Fellowship

This program is for students who have participated in the REU and want to return to continue their research, or for students who are working with mentors at their home institutions and want to expand their work to the Arboretum. Students may use their fellowship project as honors or senior thesis projects.

Graduate Research Fellowship

For enrolled PhD students who have completed the majority of their prerequisites for candidacy and have a dissertation project aligned with Center for Tree Science goals.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Become a full-time employee at The Morton Arboretum and contribute your expertise to Center for Tree Science priorities. Applicants must have received a PhD within the past six years, be actively conducting research and publishing scientific articles, but not yet hold a permanent academic position.

Early-career Fellowship

Designed for early-career scientists or tree care professionals with a position 1) at a recognized research institute with a proven track record of productivity or 2) with industry or a municipality focusing on tree care or natural resource management. Participate in collaborative research projects or spend a sabbatical with the Center for Tree Science.

Research Assistants

Staff employed in the Center for Tree Science also interact and collaborate with lead scientists, and benefit from professional development opportunities.

Senior Scientist Fellowship

Experienced scientists contributing their accumulated expertise and insight to the larger Center for Tree Science community. Professionals working in related fields, either directly in arboriculture or general education, and whose work would benefit from a more detailed and robust knowledge of tree scientific research, can apply for a fellowship to participate in ongoing Center for Tree Science projects.

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