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Summer Research Program

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The application system for summer 2018 will open in early December 2017.

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

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, wildlife dynamics, and species diversity. Researchers come from many disciplines, and specific projects center on population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, biochemistry, soil science, ecophysiology, atmosphere-biosphere exchanges, 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?  It is located in the town of Petersham, in Western Massachusetts.


  • 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

Application Deadline is

Friday, February 2, 2018, 9:00AM EST

How to Apply