Classes & internships
All of the classes combine formal lectures with hands-on experience. Theoretical issues will be presented in a classroom setting through a combination of lectures, guest speakers and student presentations. However, not all learning takes place in the classroom and each course involves field trips to relevant sites throughout the country. These excursions allow the material learned in the classroom to be applied to real life situations. Former students have had the opportunity to explore the Canal and its history, the enormous biodiversity of Panama's forests and the breathtaking scenery of San Blas, among many other sites.
Students participate in two of the three courses offered. For the next two years, the classes offered are:
- Neotropical Environment Jan 6 - Jan 29
- Humans in tropical Environment Feb 10 - Feb 27
- Sustaining Tropical Agriculture March 10 - March 26
Classes will be taught in English and will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the City of Knowledge, located in Clayton, Panama City. Students must be available during the entire day and field trips and group projects will require additional commitments on other days. They will be expected to participate in all assignments, which may include individual essays, group projects, lab reports and exams.
The second main component of the tutorial is a 3 to 6 month internship at STRI. Students will work under the supervision of a STRI staff scientist in a field related to their area of study. This internship, coordinated by tutorial staff, will take place between February and December of the program year.
Titles of past projects include:
- A Study of Macro Invertebrates of The Canal Zone
- A Study of Secondary Metabolites in Megaceros Vincentianus
- An Internship at the MAREAS Water Quality Lab
For more information on ongoing research projects see Research Programs.