Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Integrative Tropical Biology
REU Program in Integrative Tropical Biology
REU Program 2014
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Spend your summer at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute conducting cutting-edge research in integrative tropical biology. Our ten-week program is motivated by the common need to understand how biological systems are integrated to answer questions about the origins, maintenance and preservation of biodiversity.
Who can apply?
Before starting the online application, read the section on Eligibility to see if you meet the criteria. The REU program is supported by NSF's Office of International and Integrative Activities, the Directorate for Biological Sciences and STRI. To qualify for NSF REU funds, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (See NSF STRI-REU program flyer here).
New funding from Panama's National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) will allow Panamanian students to pair up with U.S. students in the program.
Over ten weeks, you will conduct research under the mentorship of STRI faculty scientists on elements of existing projects that fit your interests. For a list of scientists and potential projects, check the section Mentors and Project Descriptions. Additionally, you will participate in workshops, professional development activities and networking events that will challenge you to think critically about science, presenting several opportunities for future academic careers (Program Activities). Before applying, carefully read the section on Program Goals and Expected Products. The sections Program Expectations and Why Panama? can help you prepare your application.

Once you are ready to apply, you can use the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) available through the Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) webpage. See Application Process and Important Dates for more details.
What will interns gain?
  • Cutting-edge research experience.
  • Greater understanding of tropical ecosystems.
  • Academic and professional learning goals.
  • Expanded knowledge of Latin American culture.
  • Opportunity to improve your foreign language skills.
What will interns get?
  • Housing and food allowance.
  • $5,000 stipend for your 10-weeks internship.
  • Airfare for U.S. interns or terrestrial allowance for Panamanian interns coming from outside Panama City.
2016 Program Dates: June 6 - August 13
Application Deadline: February 15, 2016
To give the program additional flexibility, incoming students can arrive earlier or depart later if their research projects would benefit from additional work outside of the regular ten-week period from June to August. If special arrangements are needed, participants should discuss the details with their faculty mentor and make plans in advance with help from the REU program coordinators.
Contact Information
For further questions about the application process please contact us: or consult the FAQ section

Phone Panama: (507) 212-8281, or from USA: (202) 633-4700 x28281

We advise you to consult this website frequently for updates.

Read more about the REU experience in the magazine TROPICOS

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