NSF LSAMP REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) for U.S. Underrepresented Minority Students Summer Program in Costa Rica

(African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islanders)

With funding from the National Science Foundation’s LSAMP Program, OTS offers a research experience for students from NSF LSAMP Alliance member institutions. Students selected for the program will live at La Selva Research Station or Las Cruces Research Station for their eight-week program. From this program, you can expect to gain the following: 1) research skills in the field, 2) communication skills through training in scientific writing, oral presentations, science blogging, and videography, and 3) exposure to topics that affect the research stations and biodiversity conservation in the tropics..

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

Please read the “Curriculum” (program description) and the “Prerequisites” (who can apply) tabs carefully. In the “Mentors” tab you can find the complete list of mentors and projects for 2022.

Note about the Program and COVID-19: Strict and obligatory COVID-19 protocols developed by OTS in accordance with international and Costa Rican guidelines will be followed as part of the on-boarding and during-program procedures; additional information will be provided to interested and confirmed participants. All REU program participants will have a quarantine period at the research station, COVID-19 testing, and will remain at the OTS research station for the duration of the program.