Neo Program
(McGill University)

Graduate program aimed at students interested in environmental issues relevant to the New World tropics

Graduate Courses

Neotropical Environments


The program offers students or recent graduates from Latin American institutions the experiential learning opportunity to participate in McGill University graduate-level interdisciplinary field courses at STRI-Panama.



November 1, 2023



January 6 to February 11, 2024



  • Registered or graduated from a Universities in Latin America with graduation date in the last 5 years.
  • Have completed all the courses of the bachelor's or master's degree or thesis.
  • Availability to participate in the program full time; seven days a week for the duration of the course.
  • Advanced knowledge of the English language in reading and comprehension.
  • Majors in: Biology, Botany, Natural Sciences, Geography, Environmental Engineering, Anthropology, or Political Science. However, students are encouraged to apply regardless of discipline.


Course topics

  • Tropical Biology and Conservation
  • Foundations of Environmental Policy.
  • Courses are taught in English at STRI's facility in Panama by McGill University staff and STRI scientists.



An experiential learning experience in the intensive field courses where you will learn research techniques in biology, ecology, conservation, environmental policies and participatory evaluation techniques while exploring marine and terrestrial ecosystems on various excursions.

You will also have the opportunity to interact with prominent researchers and graduate students at McGill University and to better prepare for graduate school.

The costs of participation in the course will be covered thanks to the generous support of the Islas Secas Foundation.

Participants of the program will have the opportunity to compete for a short-term fellowship to conduct research at STRI, Panama.

No course credits are being offered.

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