Program details

REU Summer Internship: Tropical Ecology and Evolution in Puerto Rico

Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies, University of Puerto Rico

Program details :

General information:

Our summer program in Tropical Ecology and Evolution at El Verde Field Station provides research experiences for eight undergraduate students every summer. Our goal is to promote a scientific foundation that:

  • Immerse students in an active research environment.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to study and conduct research in an ecosystem and culture not easily accessible at their home institution.
  • Provide educational activities designed to equip students with the necessary tools to conduct scientific research.
  • Provide guidance from established scientists while they develop an independent research project.

This is a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus.

Students work on a research project under the advice of a faculty mentor. Students also participate of seminars and workshops on data analysis and presentation, and scientific techniques (e.g., stream studies, population measurements). An ethical component is focused on issues likely to be encountered by students in their careers and discussions on the role of scientists in society. Overall, our goal is to positively impact student careers by providing them with the tools needed to conduct scientific research in any area of science, with emphasis on Tropical Ecology and Evolution, and by stressing the impact that scientists could have in our society if they take active roles.


Program dates:

In general, the program runs from the first week of June until the first week of August. To complete the 10-week program, the program sometimes starts at the end of May.

For summer 2012 the dates were: May 28 - August 3



  • There is no cost for participating students.
  • The student will receive a stipend of $5,000 for the ten weeks duration of the program.
  • Round-trip plane ticket from your home institution to Puerto Rico will be reimbursed, up to a maximum of $600.
  • The program will cover housing at El Verde Field Station.
  • Students prepare their own meals and a food allowance is provided to cover the cost of groceries.


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