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Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology

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.

Explore this summer’s research projects as well as last year’s completed projects for an overview of this REU’s work.


  • 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


  • The Harvard Forest Summer Program is open to undergraduates or recently graduated students from all institutions
  • Significant past experience in ecological research is NOT required – only an enthusiasm to learn
  • Some projects might require students to have completed coursework in ecology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, or statistics


Click here for Application Requirements 


Application Deadline is Friday, February 2, 2018, 9:00AM EST