Organization for Tropical Studies Summer Research Program

The Organization for Tropical Studies will be hosting two NSF LSAMP REU programs this upcoming summer at two of our world-renowned research stations: La Selva and Las Cruces. This opportunity is open to undergraduates who are (1) U.S. citizens or permanent residents, (2) members of underrepresented minority groups (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders), and (3) enrolled in an LSAMP program. Graduating seniors (May or August 2018) are not eligible.

The REU program is:

  • 9-weeks in a tropical research station in Costa Rica
  • All expenses paid
  • $550/week stipend
  • Students co-design their projects
  • Only LSAMP students are eligible

This REU program will provide undergraduate students with unparalleled access to tropical forest ecosystems, mentoring by experienced tropical ecology researchers, and training in field research methodology. Each student will work with an on-station mentor as well as an on-campus mentor from his/her home institution to ensure the integration of the summer research experience into students’ academic careers.

Students from diverse ethnic and academic backgrounds will complete an independent research project in the field, from the project planning stage through to symposium presentation and potential publication. Undergraduates will be selected through a competitive application process for a nine-week research program at La Selva Research Station or Las Cruces Research Station in Costa Rica. Students will be immersed in a rich academic community of researchers conducting novel tropical research and will attend workshops on field skills, current research in tropical biology, international research ethics, statistics, and scientific written and oral communication. Participants will also be exposed to environmental, social, and cultural issues surrounding the Station.

Applying
A complete REU application will consist of: 1) REU Student Application Form, 2) A Letter of Recommendation from an On-Campus Mentor, 3) A Letter of Recommendation from a Faculty Member, 4) Official Transcript(s). Details can be found on our website: www.tropicalstudies.org/reuIncomplete applications will not be considered.

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