Apply for an 8-Week Urban Ecology Field Lab this Summer!

Hello Honorites!

The Urban Ecology Field Lab is an 8-week interdisciplinary course that will train students in social and ecological theory and methods that will prepare them to conduct urban ecology research, which they will apply in a practicum project in partnership with a local community-based organization and a land management/public policy agency here in Chicago. This is the fourth year of the program and it’s been a fantastic experience to be a part of. The program is run by scientists and staff at the Field Museum of Natural History.



The program runs from June 10 – August 2. The first five weeks involve methods training, field trips, and overnight immersive experiences. The final three weeks require data collection and analysis, culminating in a presentation of actionable results to local stakeholders doing conservation and social engagement work in the community. While this is a research training program, they are also aiming to generate longitudinal data that will help make an impact in regional conservation practices.

The cost of the program is $1500 (Scholarships are available), which includes:

  • 2 overnight immersive experiences
  • Weekly field trips
  • Equipment for methods training
  • Lunch once a week
  • Coffee and tea once a week
  • Does not cover lodging or food.

Applications can be found on the course website here!  The application deadline is April 30th.

This is an opportunity for students to gain hands-on training and research experience. Their aim is to recruit upper level undergraduates and early phase grad students with some experience/coursework in the social and ecological sciences. They will work with students to ensure the Field Lab can be used for credit in your home institution (most students register the Field Lab as a 3-4 credit internship).