Summer Course 2016 Participant Info

If you are attending the 2016 microMORPH course, "Plant Morphology: Linking Phenotype to Development", here is some information you may find useful:

  1. Course Location
  2. Course Schedule UPDATED!
  3. Travel
  4. Visas for International Participants
  5. Participant Housing (and Arriving in Boston) UPDATED!
  6. Meals
  7. Maps UPDATED!
  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.

Below is an image of the Weld Hill Building, and a small sample of some of the amazing plants at the Arnold Arboretum!

2) Course Schedule:

A) The course is taking place June 13th - June 24th.

B) Typical weekday schedule for the course:

8:00 am – Shuttle-bus pickup at Simmons (94 Pilgrim Rd)
8:30 – 9:00 am – Breakfast at Weld Hill
9:00 – 10:15 am - Lecture I
10:15 – 10:30 am - Coffee break
10:30 – 11:45 am – Presentations and/or Arboretum Tours
11:45 am – 1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 – 2:15 pm - Lecture II
2:15 – 2:30 pm - Coffee break
2:30 – 6:00 pm - Laboratory
6:00 –7:00 pm - Dinner
7:00–8:00 pm - Special evening guest lecture (Tuesdays and Thursdays only)
7:00 pm (8:15 pm on Tu and Th) – Shuttle-bus pick up at Weld Hill

3) Travel:

A) microMORPH is willing to reimburse for travel costs up to a maximum of $700 for international travelers and  $500 for travelers coming from within U.S. You will receive reimbursement request forms during the course. 



"microMORPH & Arnold Arboretum Summer Course 2016: How to Arrange your Travel"

B) Weather in Boston can be difficult to predict. Our lecture hall can get cold even in the summer (so be sure to bring a sweater or jacket!), but temperatures can still get higher than 80 F during the day and it can get quite humid. Rain is likely!

4) 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:

5) Participant Housing (and Arriving in Boston):

A) We have housing reserved for all participants June 12th - June 25th, 2015.

B) Participants will be staying at a dormitory at Simmons College (At Simmons Hall, 225 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215). We will have transportation between the dormitory and the Arnold Arboretum arranged. 

C) What to do once you arrive in Boston: please download the Welcome to Boston Letter (pdf) for instructions on how to get to the dormitory, and for general information about visiting Boston for the summer course.

D) Checking into the dorms: please download the Simmons Welcome Letter (pdf) for check-in instructions and information about the dorms. You can also download a Map of the Simmons College Area (jpg).


1) Welcome to Boston - general instructions for planning your trip and for your arrival

2) Simmons College Welcome Letter - instructions for dorm check-in and information about the dorms.

3) Map of Simmons College Area

6) 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!

7) Maps:


1) Map of Boston with location of airport, Simmons College, and the Arnold Arboretum

2) Map of the Simmons College Area

3) Map of the Arnold Arboretum

4) Link to the MBTA system map website, for public transportation (most of Boston, including Simmons and the Arnold Arboretum are in square 5)

8) Questions?

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