Experience careers that explore solutions for climate change, biodiversity loss, natural resources management, and urban life through the National Science Foundation REU Program: Integrative Tree Science in the Anthropocene.
The era of unprecedented transformation of the biosphere due to human activities is termed the Anthropocene and calls for directly addressing the ecological and environmental challenges of the present and near future. The REU at The Morton Arboretum uses trees as model systems to investigate questions related to evolution, ecology, conservation, and management in natural and built environments. Participants in the 2024 REU program will participate in one of several research projects.
The Center for Tree Science’s 10-week summer internship program has trained 68 students over the past nine years from 45 universities across the United States.
Feedback from past students:
- “It gave me a reference that allowed me to get into grad school and do the research that I really want to do!”
- “Keep this up! It was a very important experience for me early in my career and is still one of my favorite jobs that I have ever had.”
- “My REU experience has strongly impacted my career path. It has opened me up to and enhanced my true interests.”
- “Enjoy what it feels like to be dedicated to and focus your energy on one project that you’re passionate about. You will love the experience and the people around you.”
Want more details from past students? Read the REU Student Blog Series for insights into past experiences and project highlights.