Course Attendee Information

If you are attending the 2015 microMORPH course, "Plant Anatomy: Development, Function, and Evolution", here is some information you may find useful:

  1. Course Location
  2. Course Schedule (Updated)
  3. Daily Schedule (shuttle bus pick up times) (Updated)
  4. Travel (Updated)
  5. Visas for International Participants
  6. Participant Housing (Updated)
  7. Meals
  8. Questions?

***PLEASE NOTE: in past years, students enjoyed getting to know each other better via brief talks that introduce research interests. Sometime during the course we would like you to be able to give a short (~15 min) and fairly informal talk about what you work on or plan on working on. These talks will not occur on the first day. You can prepare a powerpoint presentation or image slide show if you would like, but it is not necessary (if you do, we have A/V equipment that can work with PCs or macs, as well as a PC laptop that you can use. If you use a mac, please bring the appropriate VGA adaptor).

1) Course Location:

A) The course is being held at the Weld Hill Building, at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, MA (USA). The address of the Weld Hill building is 1300 Centre St, Boston, MA 02131, and it is located on the south-western edge of the Arboretum.

2) Course Schedule:

A) The course is taking place June 22nd - July 3rd.

Download Information:

1) Lecture Syllabus

2) Lab Manual for the First Week

We will have copies of these documents printed for you

3) Daily Schedule (shuttle bus pick up times):

Typical course format and schedule for weekdays:
7:30am - Shuttle bus pick up at Julie Hall
8:00-9:00am - Breakfast at Weld Hill
9:00–10:15am - Lecture I
10:15–10:30am - Coffee break
10:30–11:45am - Discussion, arboretum exploration
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
8:00pm - Shuttle bus back to Julie Hall

4) Travel:

Click Here for a word document with travel reimbursement Information

A) microMORPH will pay for your travel, but you will have to arrange your travel. If you have not received instructions on how to arrange your travel to facilitate your reimbursement, please contact Becky Povilus (

B) To take a taxi from the airport to Emmanuel College Dorms (400 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115): follow signs in the airport to the taxi pick-up area, which is part of ground transportation. Be sure to save a copy of your taxi receipt to submit for reimbursement. You can also take the subway from the airport to Emmanuel College.

C) Weather in Boston can be difficult to predict. We’ve had a fairly cool summer so far (so be sure to bring at least a sweater or light jacket), but temperatures can still get higher than 80 F during the day and it can get quite humid. Rain is likely!

5) Visas for International Participants:

A) If you are not a US citizen or your country of citizenship is not a member of the Visa Waiver Program, you will need of obtain a B-1 visa in order to attend the course. The Harvard’s International Office has information on obtaining a B-1 visa ( Notably: 1) you should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country for specific instructions, and 2) you will need an official letter of invitation – if you need a letter and have not already received one, please contact Becky Povilus (

B) If you are not US citizen and your country of citizenship is a member of the Visa Waiver Program, please be aware that you still need to full-fill certain passport and pre-screening requirements (see Visa Waiver Program website to see explanation of requirements). Individuals visiting the United States under the Visa Waiver Program will need pre-clearance authorization called ESTA prior to traveling. You must present evidence of ESTA approval at the port of entry to the United States. Please be sure to print out the approval when applying for ESTA.

C) Helpful links:

6) Participant Housing:

A) We have housing reserved for all participants June 21st - July 4th, 2015.

B) Participants will be staying at the Julie Hall dorm of Emmanuel College (400 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115).

To take a taxi from the airport to Emmanuel College Dorms (400 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115): follow signs in the airport to the taxi pick-up area, which is part of ground transportation. Be sure to save a copy of your taxi receipt to submit for reimbursement. You can also take the subway from the airport to Emmanuel College.

Download Information:

1) Check-in Procedure for Emmanuel College

2) Emmanuel College Campus Map

3) Travel from Boston Logan Airport to Emmanuel College

4) General Visitor Information for Emmanuel College

Checking in at the dorms: All residents should report directly to Julie Hall for room assignments. Julie Hall is #6 on the campus map. You need to check in with the Housing Assistant at the front desk of Julie Hall when you arrive. They will provide you with your housing assignment. You will be asked to complete an HRC form with emergency contact information for our records. After checking in and receiving a room assignment, residents should go directly to the Campus Safety (Room 139) located on the 1st floor of the Administration Building to have an ID made.  This ID grants access to the dorm.

C) Dorm Details:

  • Linens: Each participant is issued a linen set which includes the following: a blanket, a pillow, a set of sheets, a pillowcase, and one set of bath and hand towels. Please note there is not a linen exchange but the participants are free to launder the set we provide for them.
  • Laundry: There is laundry in the building and it is located on the ground floor. This is coin operated so quarters are needed.
  • Air Conditioning: The dorms are air conditioned.
  • Cleaning: During your stay at the dorms, there will be light cleaning done by Emmanuel staff. This entails wiping down surfaces and sweeping the floors. Residents are expected to keep their rooms neat in order to facilitate this process (i.e. floor free of clothing). For suite bathrooms, there is a general wipe down of the area, but no extensive cleaning is done. In addition, this does not include vacuuming nor trash removal.
  • There will be other residents at the dorm while you are staying there. Please be respectful.

D) We will have transportation arranged between the Arboretum and Emmanuel College. The van will  pick-up the participants at Julie Hall at 7:30 am to take them to Weld Hill, and 8pm at Weld Hill to return them to Julie Hall.

7) Meals:

A) All meals (and snacks and beverages) will be provided for the days of the course, not including weekend days. Meals will take place at the course site (Weld Hill building, at the Arnold Arboretum).

B) If you have any dietary requests (food allergies, vegetarian, vegan, etc…), please let Becky Povilus ( know ASAP so that we can make sure to accommodate you!

8) Questions?

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Becky Povilus (