Organization for Tropical Studies NAPIRE Summer Program

The NAPIRE Program is designed to introduce Native American and Pacific Islander undergraduate students to the biodiversity of the tropics. As part of the program, students will complete a field project, including experimental design, data gathering, and analysis and presentation of results, in collaboration with fellow students and a research mentor. Students will experience the process of applying the scientific method to ecological inquiry and discovery in a collaborative and team-oriented environment.

Host Institution(s)

Las Cruces Biological Station (Costa Rica)

Citizenship Requirements

U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents who are undergraduate students enrolled in accredited institutions in the United States may apply to the program.


The NAPIRE Program is open to biology students with a demonstrated interest in field ecology. Native American and Pacific Islander students are strongly encouraged to apply. As part of the application process, students designate the OTS program mentors with whom they wish to work. Student research interests should correspond closely to those of the preferred mentor, as all field projects will be designed in agreement with the mentors research interests and expertise.

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JYI is always looking for motivated undergraduate students to join our team. We also are looking for faculty members and professional science writers to serve as mentors for undergraduates.
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