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A Day at the Field Museum 2017

A Day at the Field Museum 2017
Getting a group photo before the rain!

On Wednesday, July 12th, 2017, the Center for Tree Science -Undergraduate Research Fellows were invited to learn about the research being conducted by the interns at the Field Museum.

Along with their colleagues from the Chicago Botanic garden, the fellows toured the Pritzker Molecular Lab, the Paleontology Lab, and the Collections Resource Center, which now houses more than 11 million specimens and objects.  This includes nearly 200,000 cryogenically frozen DNA and tissue samples.

A scientist works with DNA samples in the Cryogenics Facility as interns watch through a window
A scientist works with DNA samples in the Cryogenics Facility
Christine E. Carrier

 

Other stops included the Birds Collection, the Beetle Colony, the Herbarium and the Collaborative Invertebrate Center. 

A scientist displays a bird specimen to a group of interns
Learning about the extinct passenger pigeon in the Bird and Mammal Study Center

 

Over lunch, Dr. Corrie Moreau provided a seminar on how to apply for graduate school in the Sciences and students were given free time at the end of the day to explore some of the exhibits.  A few energetic participants even stopped by the Shedd Aquarium at the end of the day to listen to some jazz and take in the Chicago skyline.

Our thanks to the Field Museum for an educational and fun day!