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2019 Summer Program Dates:  Monday, May 27 - Friday, August 9, 2019

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.

Where is the Harvard Forest?  It is located in the town of Petersham, in Western Massachusetts. Read student experiences on living and working at Harvard Forest on our summer blog.

See 2019 research projects

See the work accomplished in summer 2019: 2019 student abstracts

For more examples of the work accomplished by students in previous summer projects:  Summer Student Symposia Abstracts (scroll down to the bottom of the page)


  • 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 for the Summer 2020 program will be in early February, 2020.

How to Apply