Summer Short Course

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Summer Courses in Organismic Plant Biology

Next course: Dates and details to be announced


With the opportunity to bring molecular genetic and genomic tools to almost any clade of plants, a key challenge will be to link comparative developmental genetics to existing bodies of knowledge; notably the two hundred year legacy of comparative developmental morphology. This integration is critical as the phylogenetic, structural, and ecological breadth of plant taxa open to study expands, and potential questions become increasingly sophisticated. This course will provide vital analytical tools central to understanding the developmental bases for structural and functional diversity. Summer courses in organismic plant biology at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University bring distinguished faculty and a world-class living collection together to enable students from around the world to know the phenotype.

Course open to applications from undergrads, grad students, and post docs from any institution. This is a non-credit course. Each student will receive a travel stipend of up to$500 for domestic travel or up to $700 for international travel; meals and dormitory lodging will be provided for all participants. Participants are required to attend the entire 2-week course.


Typical course format and schedule for weekdays:

9:00–10:15am Lecture I
10:15–10:30am Coffee break
10:30–11:45am Discussion of assigned primary literature
11:45am–1:00pm Lunch
1:00–2:15pm Lecture II
2:15–2:30pm Coffee break
2:30–5:30pm Laboratory
5:30–7:00pm Dinner
7:00–8:00pm Special evening guest lecture

Saturday and Sunday will involve tours of the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum and opportunities to explore the Boston area.

Additional Information

Summer short courses in organismic plant biology are co-sponsored by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and New Phytologist Trust.

Online Application is currently closed.


Please contact Pam Diggle for any questions.