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Visitor Category

STRI’s fee structure is built around categories depending on the status of visiting researchers and assistants. Categories range from A to H and by specific facility. Please refer to the visitor status guide to learn more about your visitor status. Follow the link for detailed information about fees for lodging, meals, lab space and other facilities use.

Category A

Fellows

Fellows are recipients of STRI or Smithsonian Institution research awards and have been approved by STRI’s Office of Academic Programs (AP) or SI’s Office of Fellowships & Internships (OFI). STRI staff scientists and research associates can host fellows who are funded through AP or OFI. Only STRI staff scientists may use funds that do not originate with AP or OFI to support fellows.

Interns

Interns are generally undergraduates or recent graduates (though interns may have higher academic levels), have funding from STRI’s Office of Academic Programs (AP) or SI’s Office of Fellowships & Internships (OFI), and have been approved by STRI’s Office of Academic Programs (AP). STRI staff scientists and research associates can host interns who are funded through AP or OFI. Only STRI staff scientists may use funds that do not originate with AP or OFI to support interns.

Volunteers

Volunteers are unpaid personnel officially participating in STRI’s volunteer program. Only STRI employees can host volunteers. A brief description of the work to be done by the volunteer and the place it will be done must be provided to the Visitor Services Office.

Category B

Researchers and Assistants

This category includes visiting Ph.D.-level researchers and their assistants who are doing STRI-approved research, are supported by external funding, and use STRI buildings or facilities.

Category C

Field Researchers and Assistants

This category includes visiting Ph.D.-level researchers and their assistants who are doing STRI-approved research, are supported by external funding, but who are not using STRI buildings or facilities.

Category D

Panamanian Researchers and Assistants

This category applies to Panamanian students and postdocs who are residents of Panama, or are students studying abroad but are conducting research in Panama, and are working on their own project. The category also applies to students who are working as assistants, or students who are covered under existing academic collaborative agreements with the University of Panama or other Panamanian institutions.

Category E

Spouses and Dependents

This category includes spouses, partners, children and dependents not engaged in research activities but who will be using STRI accommodations.

Category G

Research Associates

This category applies to Panamanian students and postdocs who are residents of Panama, or are students studying abroad but are conducting research in Panama, and are working on their own project. The category also applies to students who are working as assistants, or students who are covered under existing academic collaborative agreements with the University of Panama or other Panamanian institutions.

Category H

Commercial visitors and film crews

Film crews and other commercial visitors are covered under this category.

Research station fees

Barro Colorado Nature Monument

Follow the link for detailed information about fees for lodging, meals, lab space and other facilities use.

Bocas Del Toro Research Station

Follow the link for detailed information about fees for lodging, meals, lab space and other facilities use.

Canopy Access Cranes

Follow the link for detailed information about fees for conducting research at our crane facilities.

Galeta

Follow the link for detailed information about fees for conducting research at our crane facilities.
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