Costa Rica Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

We are pleased to announce the summer 2021 NSF-REU program: "ECOHYDROLOGY OF TROPICAL MONTANE FORESTS – DIVERSITY IN SCIENCE, INTERDISCIPLINARY BREADTH, AND GLOBAL AWARENESS". The goal of the Research Experience for Undergraduates (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.

This REU Program is supported by the National Science Foundation. Students are granted stipends, housing, and all program-related travel expenses. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. For the Costa Rica REU, students have an opportunity to work on field and laboratory research under the guidance of faculty mentors from Texas A&M University at the Texas A&M Soltis Center for Research and Education near San Isidro in central Costa Rica. Learn more about the program here, and also through previous students' perspectives here (blog), here (Facebook) and here (Flickr).

We especially encourage applications from student attending community colleges and other non-research institutions. 

Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. 

"This program was a definitive moment in my career as a young scientist; dare I say life-changing! In addition of having the rare experience of conducting my very own research project in the pre-montane forests of Costa Rica, I made long-lasting friendships with my cohort and professional relationships with my mentors." --William, summer 2018

2021 Application

CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

  • Application deadline:  5:00 PM Central Time, February 15, 2021
  • Acceptance notification: March 15, 2021 (anticipated)
  • First Day of REU Program: June 1, 2021
  • Last Day of REU Program: August 6, 2021

SPECIAL STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 ISSUES
The 2021 program may need to be significantly altered in response to health and safety issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Program changes could vary considerably and include, among many possibilities: an altered schedule of travel and activity in Costa Rica, elimination of international travel to Costa Rica (but research conducted in-person on the Texas A&M campus), a virtual/distance program where students participate from their homes or home institutions and do not travel at all, program cancellation, and many other possibilities. As we all have become aware, long-range planning must be tentative and flexible during these times. The REU program directors will maintain communication with applicants and accepted students in good faith to keep them aware of changing conditions and plans. All information presented in the program website and in application materials must be understood as being conditional. Nothing presented in any materials should be interpreted as a guarantee or promise of any kind. Although we hope very much to host a full REU program in summer 2021, we ask your understanding of these circumstances.

Contact Us

We have moved! After a restructuring that occurred in January 2020, our department and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences disbanded. From the restructuring, two new departments were formed. Visit the new departmental sites for up-to-date information. 

Learn More:
Ecology and Conservation Biology
Rangeland Wildlife and Fisheries Management

Advising for ESSM:
Advising for students in the legacy ESSM programs is now situated under AGLS Advising Center 7


Undergraduate Advising | Ann Pool
Graduate Advising | Amanda Ray


Department Resources

College of Ag and Life Sciences

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