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Undergraduate Research Fellows Blog

Landscape of Oak Savanna, displaying burr oaks and an open green prairie field at Pleasant Valley Conservancy- Madison, WI
My first blog post consists of the struggles I faced when deciding what I wanted to do with my future. After finding my love and passion for the prairie, my career path has become clear for me. Being able to work at the Morton Arboretum has only strengthened my focus to achieve my goals in life. My first few weeks at the Morton Arboretum has opened so many doors for me, and I am excited to see what is in store for the remainder of time that I am here.
Two Mongolian Oaks on the west side of the Morton Arboretum.
Hi everyone! My name is Alyssa Gao, and I am one of the Undergraduate Research Fellows working for the Morton Arboretum’s Center for Tree Science this summer. For this post, I wanted to provide a bit of background on who I am and how I got here!
2016 Fellows and Staff on the steps in front of the Field Museum of Natural History
On August 8th, The Field Museum interns hosted fellows & interns from The Morton Arboretum & the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Four undergraduate research fellows standing next to posters.
It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over and the Undergraduate Research Fellowship is coming to a close. I'll use this final blog post to tell you about the results of the science I did here this summer and how this fellowship impacted me as a scientist and a person.
A person with a bored expression at a desk, using a drawing tablet and laptop.
(Part 3 of 3) I finish up talking about my project with a post about why computers are important to my project, and why they're important to me.
A mug that reads "The Morton Arboretum" in front of a laptop
(Part 2 of 3) Continuing my explanation of my project, this time I'm breaking down my research question in more detail, with my usual cheesy diagrams.
A stock of bright purple flowers in focus, with a young woman looking through the lens of a camera on a tripod in a lush open forest out of focus
Over the past two weeks, I have come to realized the importance of finding a balance between getting things done and accepting that not everything goes according to plan.
soil samples with a pH probe
Hello there blog readers! I have been doing a lot of lab work in the past few weeks. I decided to use this blog post to tell you about the BIG and the small of my project.
My primary research question for this summer and a bit of the background information necessary to understand it. (Part 1 of 3)
Morton fellows and staff enjoying the Waterfall Gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Undergraduate Research Fellows and Field Museum interns learn about the research being conducted by interns at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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