Research Apprenticeship Program
Engaging Youth in Conservation Research
The Research Apprenticeship Program provides Chicago-area high school students the opportunity to spend eight weeks working alongside zoo researchers and engaging in authentic research experiences. Past participants have helped Urban Wildlife Institute scientists monitoring biodiversity at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo and learned about measuring animals’ stress and reproductive levels through hormonal analysis at the zoo’s Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology.
Research Apprenticeship Program Details:
As apprentices, participating youth will learn more about this career path while gaining experience in conservation research activities. The program will provide apprentices with support to fully integrate the experience into their academic goals, career plans and areas of personal strength.
Learning will continue throughout the school year with Extended Connections, a program that includes both Research Apprentices and Career Explorers in monthly sessions. Group activities will help participants develop career awareness and tie their summer experiences to school studies.
Requirements for eligibility:
- City of Chicago resident
- Entering grades 11 or 12
- Between the ages of 16–18
- Legally able to work in the United States.
Compensation and time commitment: Hourly pay/8 weeks during the summer. Extended Connections sessions are unpaid and occur once a month on Saturdays (September 2014–June 2015).
Applications will be accepted through April 25, 2014, for the summer 2014 season.
The Research Apprenticeship Program is generously supported by the Caerus Foundation.
Increase Youth Awareness of Science Careers
Leah Melber, Ph.D.
Ellen Bechtol, M.A.
Matthew Mulligan, M.S.