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ASU: Experimental Tropical Biology in Panama
Gamboa, Panama (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Summer
Areas of Study:
Earth & Environmental Studies, Life Sciences
Program Type:
Faculty Directed
Language of Instruction:
English
Internships Available:
No
Graduate Courses Available:
No
GPA Requirement:
2.00
International Coordinator:
Ilana Waldman
College Sponsor:
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (Natural Sciences)
Department/School Sponsor:
School of Life Sciences
Available to Non-ASU Students:
Yes
  Program Details
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED!
The deadline to apply to this program has been extended to March 8th, 2018.
 

Overview

Panama Wildlife

Panama Group

Quick Facts

  • June 4 - June 21, 2018

  • Field work in a Panamanian tropical rainforest

  • Conduct your own independent biological research project

  • Day trips to Panama City, Panama canal locks, a Caribbean marine research station, and canoe to an isolated indigenous village

  • Earn four BIO credits

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.

Location



 Cloud Forest Hike

Location Details

This course will be located primarily at a Biological Field Station operated by the globally renowned Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in the town of Gamboa, and approximately 45 car minutes northwest of Panama City. Gamboa is adjacent to the Soberanía National Park, an immense, easily accessible, well preserved, highly diverse, and beautiful tropical lowland rainforest in which most of the learning and all of the student course projects will be carried out. The location is an ideal balance between a secure, amenable setting and direct access to prime rainforest locations including the famous Barro Colorado Island Research Station in Lake Gatún. Field experiences will be abundant, daily, and extensive. They are a central and expansive aspect of this course. Day trips to Panama City, Barro Colorado Island, the Panama Canal, an indigenous village, and other surrounding areas and habitats will round out experiences of Panamanian nature and culture.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

Academics

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.0 GPA
  • Students must have completed with a C or better an introductory biology course series, either BIO 181-182 or BIO 281-282 or equivalent

Courses

This four credit academic program  consists of daily on-site lectures by faculty and local experts (including ASU and STRI scientists) as well as topic-oriented excursions to experience and develop an understanding of the local habitat, flora, fauna, and culture. Students will take a scientific curiosity, develop it into a testable hypothesis, and then design and conduct an experiment to explore the hypothesis.

Students will analyze data and present their research orally and in the form of written report. This experience will likely be the only one during their undergraduate tenure where they take their own idea and work it all the way through to an end product. 

  • BIO 494 Tropical Biology Research (4 credits)
 
Experiment

Faculty

Faculty Director

Jon Harrison 
Professor
School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
Phone: (480) 965-9459
E-mail: j.harrison@asu.edu
jharrison.faculty.asu.edu

Kaitlin Baudier 
Postdoctoral Research Associate
School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
E-mail: kbaudier@asu.edu  
kmbaudier.weebly.com

Canoes

Housing

Netted Spider

 

Program Housing

The main location for the Tropical Biology course is Gamboa, Panama, where STRI operates the Gamboa Field Station. The facility is a secure, relatively small field station with hostel-style  accommodations, three prepared meals per day, air conditioning, and WiFi access. Furthermore, the facility provides a lecture room and field laboratory space to plan and support research projects. The adjacent 22,000-hectare Soberania National Park is a protected area containing a wide variety of forest and freshwater habitats. One night will be spent exploring the flora and fauna of Barro Colorado Island, reachable by using a STRI-operated ferry in the Lake Gatún segment of the Panama Canal.

Accessibility

Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities will find accessibility and accommodation in the majority of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. There will be a great deal of walking over uneven and wet surfaces. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on specific programs and can help you determine whether a program can meet your accommodation needs.
Group
 

Cost

Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2018 is $4,140.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for 4 credits, housing, transportation, 3 meals per day, entrance fees for all group activities while in Panama, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance.  Not included: Airfare to and from Panama, passport, ASU student fees, books and materials, and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

This program does not allow for much time that can be spent in non-program activities. However, prior to or after the program, participants can opt to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food, and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/08/2018
**
Rolling Admission 06/04/2018 06/21/2018
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
 
This program is currently not accepting applications.