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Innovative Ph.D. Program in Comparative Biology

Unparalleled access to the resources of the Museum of Natural History, including its world-renowned collections, exceptional natural history library of more than 550,000 scientific volumes and over 40 distinguished faculty members...View Details

 

AMNH Offers Unique Resources For Students...       

  • Access to one of the world's greatest natural history collections
  • A legacy of leadership in field and theoretical sciences
  • A long tradition of interdisciplinary approaches to research
  • public mission, providing a bridge between science and society

 

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program Summer 2016 Application Now Available!

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), offers paid summer internships for qualified undergraduate students to conduct research projects with AMNH scientists in either evolutionary biology or physical sciences. Students receive a generous stipend and living and transportation expenses; housing is provided at nearby Columbia University. In addition to hands-on research, students participate in a series of weekly meetings at which they discuss their research, present informal progress reports, and engage in discussions and seminars regarding scientific research, graduate school, and research career opportunities. At the conclusion, they deliver oral presentations of their work and prepare publication quality research papers.

All REU students must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents of the U.S.  Students must be entering or continuing in an Associates or Baccalaureate degree program following this summer internship. As part of the National Science Foundation’s commitment to broadening participation in STEM fields, we especially encourage students who come from community colleges, undergraduate-only institutions, and minority-serving institutions to apply.

This year’s REU program will run from May 31 to August 5, 2016.

Program Deadline  Application Projects
Biology 01/31/2016 Apply Now! Bio Project Titles 
Physical Sciences 02/08/2016 Apply Now! PS Project Titles

 

Volunteer with the Gilder School

The Gilder Graduate School has an opening for a smart, dedicated volunteer to assist with many facets of the School’s work. Duties will range from data entry, proofreading and filing, to higher level projects such as conducting online research, assembling and sharing information, and assisting with special events. Experience working in Excel and Word is necessary. The hours are flexible within Mon-Fri., 9am-5pm. To be considered, apply here.

 

New York Times: Museums, Always Educational, Now Confer Degrees

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Ellen V. Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History, which offers master’s and doctoral programs. 

Credit D. Finnin/American Museum of Natural History


By ROBIN POGREBIN. You don’t typically expect to go to a museum and come out with a degree in higher education.

But the American Museum of Natural History now offers a master of arts in teaching and a Ph.D. in comparative biology.

“Many of the most important issues of the day have science as a foundation,” said Ellen V. Futter, the museum’s president. “There’s a real need for a public understanding of these issues and, as a result, a stronger need for more scientists.”

Museum Marks Third Graduation

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The 2015 graduates of the Museum's Master of Arts in Teaching (blue robes) and Ph.D. degree in comparative biology (green robes, center second row) programs.

© AMNH/D. Finnin


Forbes 30 Under 30: Young Scientists Who Are Changing The World

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Shaena Montanari, 27

Postdoctoral research associate, Columbia University-American Museum of Natural History

At 24, Montanari earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Biology at the Richard Gilder Graduate School; she chemically analyzed the fossils of extinct animals, including dinosaur eggshells that showed what the Gobi desert was like 80 million years ago. Now she's focusing in using DNA barcoding to understand the diets of tigers and other mammals being overrun by humans to make sure they still have prey to eat.

 

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