REU Application Process

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NSF LSAMP REU Application Process + FAQs

All applications for the OTS NSF LSAMP REU program are considered at the end of the application deadline.

Your application consists of the following:

  1. Application form
  2. Unofficial transcript. You will upload it to your application form
  3. Two recommendation letters; one of which is from your selected Home mentor. This person is someone you trust from your institution that can support you to integrate the REU experience into your career track. Home Mentors do not need to be academic professors, but should have some institutional standing.  Home Mentors do not need to guide scientific research (students will have a Research Mentor in Costa Rica for that), but might be called upon to provide emotional support and encouragement depending on their student’s specific needs. More information on the recommendation letters will be found on the forms. The letters should be emailed to reu.program@tropicalstudies.org by the recommenders.

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Press the green “Apply Now” button above to start the application process.

Application Submitted

You will be notified by email once you have successfully submitted your application for the REU program through our online system.

Review + Evaluation

A committee from our education team will review applications for eligibility. Field mentors will also review the applications and contact a shortlist of students for further information or interviews.

Final Decision

You will be notified of your acceptance in late March or early April 2021.


Frequently Asked Questions

When will a decision be made about my application?

We will review and evaluate completed applications after the deadline.

What if I am unsure if I meet the pre-requisites for this program?

Our Education Team can review unofficial transcripts and answer your concerns. Send us an email at reu.program@tropicalstudies.org, or fill out the contact us form below.

Remaining questions on the application process? Reach out to our NSF LSAMP REU department using the form below:

    NSF LSAMP REU Admission Applications have been closed for 2020