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*CALL FOR RESEARCH MENTORS*


*NAPIRE: Native American and Pacific Islander Research Experience at Las
Cruces Biological Station, Costa Rica*

Mentors needed between June 20th and August 3rd

Application Deadline November 30, 2015



The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is seeking Research Mentors
(ABD or PhD only) for the Native American and Pacific Islanders Research
Experience (NAPIRE) Program funded by the National Science Foundation’s
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NSF LSAMP) at the Las
Cruces Biological Station in Costa Rica. This is an exciting and highly
rewarding research internship program for minority undergraduate students
enrolled in accredited institutions in the United States and Pacific Island
Territories.



The goal of the NAPIRE Program is to facilitate a successful summer
research experience for Native American and Pacific Islander undergraduate
students and, therefore, strengthen their interest and potential for
pursuing careers in biology or environmental science. The program seeks to
provide a quality, safe environment where students are motivated to learn
scientific skills, such as:

- Critical thinking,

- Hypothesis building and testing,

- Research design and sampling,

- Statistical analysis skills, and

- Scientific writing and presentation.



Mentors will live at the Las Cruces Station where whey will provide
personal, direct guidance in ecological research for one or two (typically)
undergraduate students. Mentors will guide students as they work to develop
an answerable research question, design their research goals and data
collection methods, analyze data, and interpret and present results. In
addition, mentors will also participate in symposia, evaluations, and
ethics discussions.



Mentors do not receive honoraria, but NSF funds their transportation to and
from Costa Rica, as well as room, board, station use, research permits,
in-country transportation, and needed equipment and supplies. The Las
Cruces Station offers excellent installations, logistics, and other
conditions for long-term research projects in forest ecology, climate
change, ecological restoration, habitat fragmentation, and other similar
studies.



*NAPIRE Mentors are needed between June 20th and August 3rd, 2016*. Interested
researchers should send* a letter of interest and a short summary (max 250
words) of potential student research project(s).* This summary will be used
on the OTS website so that students can select their preferred
mentors/projects in their applications. *For researchers who have not
previously served as mentors in the NAPIRE Program, please also provide a
copy of your curriculum vitae and a statement of mentoring philosophy.* To
allow sufficient time for appropriate matches between mentors and accepted
students, please send this information by no later than *November 30th,
2015*.



Applications should be sent electronically to Barbara Dugelby, Program
Coordinator, at barbara@dugelby.com.




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_______________________________

*Barbara L. Dugelby, Ph.D. *NAPIRE Program Coordinator
Organization for Tropical Studies
Cell: 830-965-6869
barbara@dugelby.com
ots.ac.cr/napire

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