The 5th annual Center for Tree Science Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on Wednesday, August 15th at The Morton Arboretum. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Gary Lovett, Forest Ecologist with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. His talk was titled “Big Trouble from Little Bugs: The Science and Policy of Imported Tree Pests” and included background on the forest pest problem, details about the science his group is doing, and the federal policy changes they are currently working on to address the problem.
Undergraduate Research Fellows (URFs) then presented the results of their summer projects to staff, colleagues and invited guests, and displayed their research posters. We were pleased to have a representative from Morton Salt in attendance and happy to showcase the research and experiences made possible by their generous contribution to the fellowship program. This year, the number of presenters grew, as we included the two interns from the Arboretum's Public Horticulture Internship program (Alex Bernhard, University of Cincinnati and Sarah Kania, University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign). We also heard a research presentation from a 2017 URF, Taskeen Khan (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), who returned on a Research Experience Extension Fellowship (REEF) to continue working with Dr. Chuck Cannon, Director, Center for Tree Science (CTS).
Finally, participants and colleagues gathered for a celebratory luncheon in the Chestnut Room, overlooking beautiful Meadow Lake. Congratulations to everyone on a successful symposium!