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Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology

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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

Harvard Forest offers an exciting program for up to 30 undergraduate students from institutions across the country to collaborate with scientists conducting ecological research for 11 weeks during the summer.

Each student will participate in an on going study with senior researchers from Harvard University, Marine Biological Lab-Ecosystems Center, University of Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke College, and other collaborators. Responsibilities generally include field and laboratory studies, data analysis and scientific writing. In addition, students attend weekly seminars given by nationally known scientists about their research and workshops on ethics and career and graduate school planning. At the end of the summer, students will develop their research results and present their findings at a student research symposium.

Research Projects: Harvard Forest research focuses on the dynamics of forest ecosystems and their response to natural and human disturbances. Researchers come from many disciplines and specific projects center on ecology, microbiology, paleoecology, biogeochemistry, ecophysiology, atmosphere-biosphere exchanges, engineering and computer science. Projects in summer 2013 will focus on:
-Invasive Plants, Pests & Pathogens
-Plant Biology, Population and Community Ecology
-Large Ecosystem Experiments and Permanent Plot Studies
-Conservation Biology and Biodiversity
-Forest Ecosystem Response to Global Change
-Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics
-Reading and Conserving the New England Landscape

Students are paid a stipend of $5500 for the 11 week session. Excellent on-site housing and a full meal plan are included as part of the program. Assistance with travel costs to and from Harvard Forest is also provided.
accepts non-us citizens

Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
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Program Dates: 5/27/2019 - 8/9/2019

Participating Institution(s):
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Harvard University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Environmental Sciences
Natural Resources
STEM Fields

Climate Change
Forest Ecology
Plant Ecology

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

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