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SFS: Panama: Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies (Third Party)

The Program
Bocas del Toro is home to biologically diverse marine and terrestrial ecosystems, such as coral reefs, mangrove cays, white sand beaches, and tropical rainforests; however, the unplanned development of these areas and unmanaged resource use by residents and tourists alike has put increasing pressures on the ecosystems and has threatened the human communities that depend on them.

The Academics
The curriculum of the program focuses on defining key island systems, both natural and human, and how they interface. Through field observations and research, students identify and understand the pressures, both direct and indirect, on the environment and social systems.
In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

The Experience
Conservation, resource use, forest preservation, and marine species monitoring are important to local farmers and fishers, resource managers, and concerned community groups. With the results of our research, we offer data and recommendations that inform decision makers and build relationships between SFS and the stakeholders involved in tropical island system conservation and management. SFS students get involved in community volunteer projects and social activities.
The Center is located on Isla Colón, the most populous island in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. Located a short distance from Bocas Town, the field station sits on a quiet waterfront. It is common to hear the sounds of frogs, birds, and monkeys in the surrounding area. Caribbean waters are the backyard of the Center, providing plenty of activities for students including snorkeling, volleyball, and swimming. The classroom is located over the water with views of nearby islands. Due to the Center’s central location, the coral reefs, jungles, and beaches of Bocas are only short distances away. The facility includes a dining/classroom area, outdoor classroom, student lounge, pool, plenty of hammocks, and a library/laboratory.

Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet.
This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.
You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.
You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.8