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Costa Rica Expedition

The CSU-LSAMP Costa Rica Summer Research Training Expedition is a beginning research experience in which students learn the foundations of inquiry-based research, including experimental design, research methods, and analysis while exploring the spectacular ecosystems of Costa Rica. Students receive instruction in the development of research questions, fundamentals of experimental design, sampling, hypothesis testing, and the responsible conduct of research, while engaging in hands-on activities across a wide variety of habitats and landscapes. Students with little or no research experience conduct group and individual research activities in terrestrial and marine/aquatic environments. All student participants present their research at the end of the program before they leave Costa Rica and over the years many have gone on to present their independent research at national conferences.

All undergraduates, especially first and second year students and CSU Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) participants, are invited to apply.

LSAMP participants may be eligible for full scholarships. Read on for information on how STEM undergraduates can become LSAMP participants.

researcher in the forest
Forestry Research
Terrestrial Crustacean
Terrestrial Crustacean
White Faced Capuchin Monkey
White Faced Capuchin Monkey

Program details

Priority Application Deadline: February 20, 2020

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Send all application materials and letters of recommendation to

If you have any questions about the application process please contact Diana Lieberman.

Program Dates: June 15 - July 21, 2020

  • 5 weeks in various locations across Costa Rica.
  • Total immersion in tropical biodiversity: rainforest, cloud forest, tropical reefs, coffee plantations
  • Selection of students is based on application questionnaire, academic transcripts, references, and interview
  • Lower division students are particularly encouraged to apply, but the program is open to all interested students

Program Leaders: John "Buck" Banks, UROC Director, CSUMB; Diana Lieberman, Expedition Leader; Milton Lieberman, Expedition Leader

Collecting functional diversity data - measuring spider size

For more information about this program

Contact Diana Lieberman (, attend an information session,

OR complete the form below to let us know you are interested in getting more information about this program

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

(831) 582-4241