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Arnold Arboretum

Summer Courses in Organismic Plant Biology

Next course: Dates and topic to be announced

With the opportunity to bring molecular genetic and genomic tools to almost any clade of plants, a key challenge will be to link comparative developmental genetics to existing bodies of knowledge; notably the two hundred year legacy of comparative developmental morphology. This integration is critical as the phylogenetic, structural, and ecological breadth of plant taxa open to study expands, and potential questions become increasingly sophisticated. This course will provide vital analytical tools central to understanding the developmental bases for structural and functional diversity. Summer courses in organismic plant biology at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University bring distinguished faculty and a world-class living collection together to enable students from around the world to know the phenotype.

Course open to applications from undergrads, grad students, and post docs from any institution. This is a non-credit course.Each student will receive a travel stipend of up to $500; meals and dormitory lodging will be provided for all participants. Participants are required to attend the entire 2-week course.

Typical course format and schedule for weekdays:

9:00–10:15am Lecture I
10:15–10:30am Coffee break
10:30–11:45am Discussion of assigned primary literature
11:45am–1:00pm Lunch
1:00–2:15pm Lecture II
2:15–2:30pm Coffee break
2:30–5:30pm Laboratory
5:30–7:00pm Dinner
7:00–8:00pm Special evening guest lecture

Saturday and Sunday will involve tours of the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum and opportunities to explore the Boston area.

Application Information

Applicants should submit the following online:

  1. Contact information;
  2. Academic information;
  3. Essay;
  4. Contact information (name and email address) for two referees. As part of the online submission, you must send a request to the referee to submit a letter of recommendation. The referee will be automatically emailed with a link to an online submission form where they will upload a letter of recommendation. The referee must upload their letter of recommendation via the link by March 1.

Essay Instructions
In a total of 1000 words or fewer, please tell us:

  1. Why you want to participate in the Plant Morphology: Linking phenotype to development workshop?
  2. What are your scientific interests?
  3. While no experience is required, please describe your background in plant biology.

Additional Information

Summer courses in organismic plant biology are co-sponsored by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and microMORPH, a National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network.

Submit Application online between Jan 15, 2015 and March 1, 2015.

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