Summer Undergrad Research in Costa Rica (NSF-REU)

Texas A&M University is hosting a Research Experience For Undergraduates: ECOHYDROLOGY OF TROPICAL MONTANE FORESTS – DIVERSITY IN SCIENCE, INTERDISCIPLINARY BREADTH, AND GLOBAL AWARENESS. The 10-week summer program (May 28- August 2, 2019) includes 5 weeks at the Texas A&M Soltis Center for Education and Research (Costa Rica) and 5 weeks on the campus of Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas, USA). Participant costs (stipend, travel, housing, etc.) are fully supported by the National Science Foundation.

Purpose: The goal of this REU program is to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to develop essential skills in designing, executing and disseminating original research that quantifies the hydrologic and biogeochemical fluxes in the watershed of a tropical montane forest in Costa Rica. Students will have an opportunity to work on field and laboratory research under the guidance of faculty mentors at the Soltis Center near San Isidro in central Costa Rica ( Past years of this REU program (2011-2013, 2018) resulted in several students enrolling in graduate school and publishing work from their research, in addition to gaining a rich cultural immersion and unique opportunity to conduct research in the tropics.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students must be US citizens or permanent residents, be 18 years of age or older (on March 1, 2019), be currently enrolled in a major in the earth or environmental sciences, engineering, or a related field, expect to graduate no earlier than December 2019, and be eligible to have a passport that is valid for 6 months past the REU summer.

For more information about the REU selection process, program, and study area, please visit our website  For general inquiries and questions about our application, contact: or the program leaders, Dr. Georgianne Moore (Department of Ecosystem Science and Management) and Dr. Kelly Brumbelow (Civil Engineering)