research

2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium
The 5th annual Center for Tree Science Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on Wednesday, August 15th at The Morton Arboretum.
Hearts in Science.
In the books I’ve read, scientists are often portrayed as cold, calculating, and completely logical. Maybe some of them are. Maybe I’m just reading the wrong books, because I made a heart-shaped diagram. It makes me smile.
The Next Step Forward
It's easy to get carried away by what comes next. It's important to remind yourself what you have to work on right now.
Daily Life on the Prairie

Hello all!

Since last time, my interns and I have done some more analysis on our data, but are not yet completely satisfied with our answers. Basically, we have our overall results, but now we want to specify the findings and hope to search for some distinct patterns, characteristics, etc. in our data. But meanwhile, we still spend most of our time on the prairie trying to get through weeding the whole site at least once (let me tell you, I thought it would have been an easier feat, but it has been a long, enduring time).

Found in Translation

Hi again!

My last post outlined some frustration I had with my project. But I decided that it would be better to take the time and explain what I’m actually doing.

Interns on the Prairie

Hello! Here's an over-due update from the field:

"X" Marks the Spot

When I started this summer, I treated gathering my data as the end goal. Like the “X” marking the treasure on a map, I assumed that if I could just get all the data - collect all the samples, measure all the ring widths, cross-date all the trees - that everything else would fall into place.

Research Experiences
Hello everyone! I can not believe my ten weeks are done, and that this is my last day at the Arboretum. While here, I have learned so much, and not just about my own project.
My Last Blog Post
Thanks for a wonderful summer everyone!
The Odd One Out

I am the only undergraduate research fellow to be studying something other than trees at the Morton Arboretum. At first, I felt proud. I worked in a prairie last summer, so to have the opportunity to work in a prairie again, while conducting research, was exciting. However, as time passed, I felt like the odds were against me. Prairie restoration is a lot of work. There is a lot of time and effort that goes into the process of maintaining the prairie.

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