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Harvard Forest REU Program

The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, and pest and pathogens. Researchers come from many disciplines, and projects center on community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, soil science, atmosphere-biosphere exchanges, ecophysiology, landscape modeling, and data provenance.(see 2018 research projects and 2017 student abstracts). Read student experiences from past summers on our blog.

Where is the Harvard Forest? The Harvard Forest is located in the town of Petersham, in Western Massachusetts.

2018 Summer Program Dates: Monday, May 21 – Friday, August 3, 2018


  • Stipend of $5775 for the 11-week session
  • Free furnished housing at Fisher House or Raup House
  • Free full meal plan
  • Travel reimbursement for one round trip to the Harvard Forest campus (federal grant restrictions apply)

To Apply: see application requirements and apply at http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/education/reu-apply 

Applications must be submitted by February 2, 2018.