Tropical Ecology Mentorship Program of CSU Dominguez Hills

Summer Research in a Costa Rican Rainforest

Download the pdf application for 2014.

Long-term research track:

  • $500/week stipend
  • in addition, all expenses (travel, housing, food, research supplies) paid for eight weeks of research in Costa Rica
  • conduct independent project under the mentorship of a faculty advisor leading towards the publication of your results
  • available for undergraduate and graduate students
Short-term research recruit option:
  • Two-week experience for undergraduate researchers
  • all expenses (travel, housing, food, research supplies) paid for mentored research

Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) option:

  • Research experience available for K-12 teacher in the LAUSD
  • All expenses (travel, housing, food, research supplies) paid for mentored research
  • Duration may range from 2 weeks to 2 months

 

The Tropical Ecology Mentorship Program of CSU Dominguez Hills provides research opportunities to undergraduates and graduate students wishing to conduct field ecology research in a tropical rain forest. TEMP Scholars will spend the summer conducting independent field research in a tropical rainforest under the mentorship of Costa Rican scientists with the Organization for Tropical Studies and professors at their home institutions. Only introductory Biology or coursework is prerequisite. University students at all grade levels are eligible, and no experience with Spanish is required.

During the summer, participants will work out of La Selva Biological Station in northeastern Costa Rica. The potential mentoring team for 2014 includes Dr. Terry McGlynn (Cal State Dominguez Hills), Dr. John Thomlinson (Cal State Dominguez Hills), Dr. Diego Dierick (Floria International University) and other international researchers working at La Selva Biological Station.

Full-duration participants will receive a weekly stipend of $500, support for all expenses (travel, lodging, most meals and supplies) for working in Costa Rica, and may have the opportunity to present the results of their research at national or international conferences. Participants may apply for renewal in subsequent years and students are encouraged to apply early in their college careers.

After reviewing the application, questions from students at CSU Dominguez Hills may be addressed to Dr. Terry McGlynn.

2013 Participants from CSU Dominguez Hills

  • Ashley Aranda
  • Loan Anh Do
  • Ulises Dumas (RET from Edison Middle School, LAUSD)
  • Jeremy Emerson
  • Dylan Levar
  • Omar Nasir
  • Erica Parra
  • Jaime Perez
  • Eric Renfro (RET from Narbonne High School, LAUSD)

2012 Participants from CSU Dominguez Hills

  • Joey Barlog
  • Jennifer Boren
  • Melody Castellon
  • Danyal Jones
  • Hannah Larson
  • Carolina Lopez
  • Valerie Neino
  • Erica Parra
  • Cynthia Riggall
  • Peter Tellez
  • Anna Vasquez

2011 Participants from CSU Dominguez Hills

  • Vicente Barragan
  • Alisha Coffey
  • Melissa Diaz
  • Elizabeth Hall
  • Hannah Larson
  • Ashley Martin
  • Cynthia Riggall
  • Iciar Rivera
  • Peter Tellez

2010 Participants from CSU Dominguez Hills

  • Felicia Burt
  • Melissa Diaz
  • David Hicks (RET)
  • Sara Hu
  • Dan McDonnell (RET)
  • Steven Mejia
  • Cassandra Morrow
  • Allison Haskell
  • Kumar Tiger
2009 Participants from CSU Dominguez Hills
  • Grace Bravo
  • Felicia Burt (RET)
  • Victor Canela
  • Brandi Douglas
  • Toyin Dunn
  • Thuy-Tien Hoang
  • Kim Hoffmann
  • Stefanie Mattingly
  • Andrea Romero
  • Ellen Wayman
  • Melinda Weaver

2008 Participants from CSU Dominguez Hills

  • Justin Betzelberger (RET)
  • Gilbert Lam
  • Stefanie Mattingly
  • Evan Poirson (of Occidental College)

2006 Participants from University of San Diego

  • Bridget Dixon
  • Ryan Fawcett
  • Jenni Wegner
The Tropical Ecology Mentorship Program of Southern California has been developed and continued under the support of the National Science Foundation (OISE-0526551, OISE-0526561, OISE-0749047, OISE-0854259, OISE-1130156) and the CSU LS-AMP program (HRD-0802628) of CSU Dominguez Hills.