Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

Costa Rica Winter Research Expedition

The 2022 CSU-LSAMP Costa Rica Winter 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 will benefit from participating in group research activities in terrestrial agroecology. All student participants will present on their research at the end of the program before they leave Costa Rica.

The 2022 CSU-LSAMP Costa Rica Winter Research Training Expedition is restricted to only CSU Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP) participants. Travel expenses (flights, local ground transportation, lodging, and meals) will be covered for all CSU-LSAMP student participating in the expedition. First and second year students are especially encouraged to apply. Read on for information on how STEM undergraduates can become LSAMP participants.

The Winter Expedition has been cancelled due to continued pandemic restrictions; we're currently considering future options pending easing of travel/global learning restrictions.

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

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Send all application materials and letters of recommendation to uroc@csumb.edu. 

  • Winter Expedition: January 1-22, 2022 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 CSU-LSAMP undergraduates.

Program Leaders: John "Buck" Banks, UROC Director, CSUMB

Collecting functional diversity data - measuring spider size