There’s no end to the academic research opportunities for students in Costa Rica, say Sara Shuger Fox and Oscar Reynaga. The pair led seven students in a five-week excursion this summer, the first cohort in a new undergraduate research program. Shuger Fox, assistant professor of exercise science, and Reynaga, lecturer of Spanish, plan to lead the trip each summer, maintaining partnerships that offer unique, cross-cultural opportunities for research.
This year, students pursued research in environmental law, nutrition and health, family cultures, bee diversity and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Many different majors will find diverse possibilities for research in Costa Rica — Shuger Fox and Reynaga say the program is a great fit for anyone interested in studying community development, nutrition and public health, exercise science and wellness, biology and environmental science, oral histories and literary journalism.
Shuger Fox recently presented her work toward developing the program at the First Annual World Congress on Undergraduate Research in Doha, Qatar. She and Reynaga now plan to present their experiences leading the program at an international conference in Paris next spring.