Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology

External Research Experiences

Minnesota and Chicago Botanic Garden Plant Evolution Research Opportunity

Are you interested in gaining field research experience and learning about the ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interactions in fragmented prairie? The Echinacea Project is offering several year-long research internships for graduates and soon-to-be graduates. This is a great opportunity for individuals who are considering graduate studies and are interested in gaining research experience. We have diverse potential projects for students with backgrounds or interests in plant ecology, pollination biology, evolution, statistics, conservation, and computer science. In the past, interns have completed projects on a variety of topics including pollination biology, prairie restoration, and plant-herbivore interactions. In the summer, you will survey natural plant populations, measure plant traits in experimental plots, hand-pollinate plants, observe & collect insects, and assist in all aspects of research.

Summer housing in Minnesota (June - September) is provided and there is a stipend. During the academic year (October - May 2018), interns will develop independent research projects, gain quantitative and data management skills, and coordinate citizen scientists in our lab, which is based at the Chicago Botanic Garden.


No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic and hard-working. Attention to detail, a good sense of humor, and a positive attitude are essential. Applicants must be available to begin in Minnesota in early to mid-June. We welcome and encourage scientists of all backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented in science, to apply to work with us!


Information about our offerings for the 2017-2018 year are here:



Review of applications for year-long positions will begin on March 2nd.

Applications for summer REU positions are due on February 23rd.

The team and I are happy to answer any further questions.


Stuart Wagenius, Ph.D.

Conservation Scientist

Division of Plant Science and Conservation Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Road

Glencoe, IL 60022

phone: 847 835 6978

fax: 847 835 6975

email: echinaceaproject@gmail.com

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