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  • Locations: Gamboa, Panama
  • Program Terms: Summer 2
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Program Dates: July 14 - 28, 2018


frogThis program offers students the chance to experience the biological diversity of the tropical forest in Panama, Central America. The course will be operated through the facilities of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to observe and participate in tropical field research while living at a world-class tropical research facility used by tropical biologists from around the world.  Students will be introduced to current field research on tropical animals with a focus on terrestrial vertebrates.  Students will observe ongoing research on a number of classic systems firsthand (e.g. Heliconius butterflies, Tungara frogs, leaf-cutter ants), and will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on field research into issues of central interest in ecology and evolutionary biology, such as sexual selection, aposematism, mimicry, and biodiversity. 

Cost: $4,400

  • tuition for 6 c.h.
  • airfare
  • international health insurance
  • in-program transfer transportation
  • lodging
  • excursions
  • some meals
  • in-country support
Does not include:
  • passport fees
  • visa fees (if applicable)
  • most meals
  • spending money

Undergraduate Courses:

BIOL 4400 Terrestrial Field Ecology
BIOL 4514 Undergrad Research in Biology

Graduate Courses:

BIOL 6850 / 6860 Advances in Ecology
BIOL 6504 Research Problems in Biology

Accommodations & Meals:

Students will be housed in a field school dormitory.  Students meals are included in the program cost.


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Accessibility: ability to walk up to five miles per day


Minimum 2.5 GPA
Biology majors in good standing will be given priority consideration

Faculty Leaders

  • Dr. Kyle Summers
  • Dr. Susan McRae

Gamboa panorama

This program is currently not accepting applications.