The applications for Summer 2020 Texas A&M Costa Rica REU Program are now open! The paid ($600/week) internship program is meant to provide opportunities for top students who would not otherwise get exposure to research, but who may someday consider graduate school in STEM fields.
The 10-week summer program includes 5 weeks at the Texas A&M Soltis Center for Education and Research (Costa Rica) and 5 weeks on the campus of Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas, USA). Participant costs (travel, housing, etc.) are fully supported by the National Science Foundation. The theme of our program is ECOHYDROLOGY OF TROPICAL MONTANE FORESTS DIVERSITY IN SCIENCE, INTERDISCIPLINARY BREADTH, AND GLOBAL AWARENESS. We have a wonderful team of faculty mentors who work with the students on topics in forest ecology, hydrology, water resources engineering, stream biogeochemistry, watershed dynamics, land-climate interactions, and more.
To get a better idea about the activities and setting, we invite you to visit the program website: https://costaricareu.tamu.edu/, where there is a link for students to apply online for the 2020 program, as well as an overview of past research projects, etc.
Purpose: The goal of this NSF-sponsored REU is to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to develop essential skills in designing, executing and disseminating original research that quantifies the hydrologic and biogeochemical fluxes in the watershed of a tropical montane forest in Costa Rica. Students will have an opportunity to work on field and laboratory research under the guidance of faculty mentors at the Soltis Center near San Isidro in central Costa Rica (http://soltiscentercostarica.tamu.edu/). Past years of this REU program (2011-2013, 2018, 2019) resulted in several students enrolling in graduate school and publishing work from their research, in addition to gaining a rich cultural immersion and unique opportunity to conduct research in the tropics.
Eligibility: Undergraduate students from all colleges and universities are invited to apply, even if enrolled in a two-year program. Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents, be 18 years of age or older (on March 1, 2020), be currently enrolled in a major in the earth or environmental sciences, engineering, or a related field, expect to graduate with a bachelor’s degree no earlier than December 2020, and be eligible to have a passport that is valid for 6 months past the REU summer. Former NSF-REU participants have limited eligibility and must get prior approval to re-apply.
Support: Accepted students will receive a $600 per week stipend for all 10 weeks and will have all travel and accommodation expenses covered. The program does not cover meals (on and off-campus) while in Texas or all off-campus expenses in Costa Rica, such as zip lining, adventure tours, white water rafting, etc. Participants will present their research at a major scientific meeting later in the year.
For more information about the REU selection process, program, and study area, please visit our website http://costaricareu.tamu.edu/. For general inquiries and questions about our application, contact:
Program Coordinator: Ajinkya Deshpande (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Program Leaders: Dr. Georgianne Moore (email@example.com), Dr. Kelly Brumbelow (firstname.lastname@example.org).