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National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation-OTS, Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

Location: Costa Rica
Agency: Organization for Tropical Studies, Duke University
Due Date: January 31, 2017
Stipend: 4,500.00
Description: The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a nonprofit consortium that has provided leadership in education, research, and responsible use of natural resources in the tropics since 1963. OTS is committed to increasing the participation of women and ethnic minorities underrepresented in science. 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. Nine undergraduates will be selected through a competitive application process for a 10 week research program, from June 8 to August 15, at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. Students will live 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 also have access to the social, cultural, and recreational activities surrounding La Selva. Competitive applicants must have a strong background in biology (demonstrated by 2 semesters of upper-level biology or other experiences as noted in the application essay). They will have a demonstrated interest in field ecology. An introductory knowledge of Spanish will be helpful but is not mandatory. Prior field experience is not a prerequisite. The program award covers the cost of room and board, as well as international travel to and from Costa Rica. Participants will also receive a stipend of $4500 for their 10 weeks of work on their research.


Contact Information
Phone: 919-684-5661
Email: ots @ duke.edu
Web Site: http://ots.ac.cr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=317&Itemid=864


Keywords
Biology, Botany, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Evolution, Plant Biology