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Field Museum Semester: Research in Natural History

Chicago, Illinois

United States

Immersion at a world-renowned museum

The Field Museum Semester offers an intensive research and course-based experience at the Field Museum, a world-renowned natural history museum in Chicago.

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Fall semester (late August–mid-December)

Who can apply
Undergraduates from ACM colleges are eligible to apply; for Fall 2022, students from GLCA colleges may also apply.

Host institution
Field Museum in Chicago, IL

Living arrangements
Students live in furnished apartments in Chicago’s Gold Coast Neighborhood.

Courses & credits
Recommended credit is 16 semester credits or the equivalent.
Internship (8 credits)
Visiting Faculty Course (4 credits)
Seminar (4 credits)

Language equirements/prerequisites

Program flyer

Video of Virtual Info Session (from November 8, 2021)

Application deadlines

Fall Semester 2022 deadline

March 15, 2022

If the deadline has passed and you are interested in applying, contact the ACM Office immediately. Late applications may be accepted on a space-available basis.


Michael Vertovec, Assistant Program Manager
180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2020, Chicago, IL 60601
312.561.5934 /

Explore the program

Program Overview

The ACM Field Museum Semester is an intensive research and course-based experience for upper-level students interested in natural history research with a background in evolutionary biology, zoology, botany, anthropology, geology, and/or a related discipline. The program provides the opportunity for students to explore scientific research and the Field Museum collections through a substantive internship, a semester-long course taught by the Visiting Faculty Director, and a seminar led by Field Museum professional staff. Internships are funded by the Grainger Bioinformatics Center, which supports Field Museum scientists working on genomics and biodiversity informatics projects across research areas. Undergraduates from ACM colleges are eligible to apply; for Fall 2022, students from GLCA colleges may also apply.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically by March 15, 2022 for the Fall 2022 ACM Field Museum Semester. Applicants will be required to submit a transcript, resume, faculty recommendations, responses to several short-answer questions, and an essay. Applications are reviewed by representatives from the ACM, the Visiting Faculty Director, and the Field Museum.

You must also have off-campus study approval from your home campus. Note: your college’s application process may involve additional application materials, and internal campus deadlines may be considerably earlier than ACM's deadline. Be sure to check with your Off-Campus Study Office about your college's application procedures and deadlines.

Photo © Field Museum / Photo by Lucy Hewett

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