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REU Site: Undergraduate Research in Plant Systematics, Conservation Biology, and Ethnobotany

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The Missouri Botanical Garden is pleased to announce a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program that will provide research opportunities for 10 students, for 10 weeks during the summer. Students will work on independent mentored projects in a variety of subfields of plant systematics, conservation biology, and ethnobotany. Participants will have access to a herbarium of 6.5 million specimens, an excellent botanical library, rich garden collections, a laboratory with facilities for plant anatomy, microscopy, digital imaging, SEM, and DNA analysis, and the Shaw Nature Reserve - a 2,400 acre ecological preserve featuring prairie, forest, glades, wetlands, and 14 miles of hiking trails.


Students must be returning to an undergraduate degree program in the fall following the REU program. If you will be graduating in May or June in the year of the program, you are not eligible. To be eligible you must also be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.


REU interns receive food and lodging, support for research, and a weekly $525 stipend.

Additional Training

Students will participate in twice-weekly professional enrichment sessions on subjects including graduate school options, admission into and success in graduate school, scientific career development, design and conduct of research, scientific writing skills, ethics in research, intellectual property rights, conservation and sustainable living. Students will also participate in field trips to local natural areas and cultural attractions. The REU program will be integrated in other ongoing MBG programs involving herbarium and garden support staff, high school students and undergraduates, graduate students, professional botanists, educators, and visitors.

Application Deadline: 2/28/2024

Participating Institution(s):
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Missouri Botanical Garden (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Ecology & Evolution
Plant Sciences

Environmental Biology
Plant Biology
Plant Ecology
Plant Systems Biology

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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