Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

About Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Celebrating over 160 years of science exploration and education, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is the public face of the Chicago Academy of Sciences. The Chicago Academy of Sciences was founded in 1857 as Chicago’s first museum dedicated to educating Chicagoans about nature and science through the preservation and display of native specimens, classroom activities, and dissemination of scientific knowledge.

Today the Museum continues the Academy’s tradition of research, conservation and education about nature in the Midwest through participatory exhibits and programs, educational outreach and ongoing scientific activity. Its collections, due to their age and type, are among the most important in the region. The Museum distinguishes itself through extensive involvement in schools and the opportunities it provides for visitors to experience nature up close.


Butterfly Conservation Lab Intern

June 2018 - August 2018 Chicago, IL
“This experience was a great way immerse myself in the world of research, laboratory work, and field work. Between hatching eggs into caterpillars and watching them chrysalize and ultimately emerge as adult butterflies, I got to design my own research proposal and collect my own data while exploring multiple facets of entomology, biology, and horticulture. I think that this internship made me a more well-rounded and eager researcher, and I can’t wait to apply what I have taken away from this experience to future professional, research-oriented endeavors.”

Entomology Fellow

August 2014 - December 2014 Chicago, IL
“I enjoyed the research we conducted and the networking opportunities. ”
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