Undergrad students from all over the world have the unique opportunity to conduct a research project in conjunction with a USFQ faculty member in various fields of study. This program is called The Latitude Zero: Ecuador Research Initiative (LOERI).
Starting Summer 2015, USFQ offers in-person Research Opportunities as part of the LOERI program and from Summer 2020 these opportunities are also offered online.
- Mentorship opportunities and team building experiences possibly resulting in the opportunity for joint research publications.
- Apply research methods and skills, enhancing employability and graduate school prospects.
- Networking opportunities with local and international experts in the field.
- Exposure to multicultural perspectives and Ecuador’s diversity of environment, people and language.
Research opportunities based on USFQ’s faculty expertise, campus facilities, and research stations. Students are encouraged to contact email@example.com to explore possible options.
- Galapagos Green Sea Turtles Real-time in Water Ecology and Diving Behavior by Daniela Alarcón
- Matching protocols and information in games by Pedro Romero
- The Regional and the Global by Christian Parreno
- The Respect Project--Latin America and USA by Gerald L. Finch
- Dual Mode Logic for High Speed and Energy Efficient Circuit by Ramiro Taco
- Isolation and characterization of micro/nanocellulose fibrils from cocoa pod husks by Lourdes M. Orejuela-Escobar
- Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunch Biorefinery: Separation and Isolation of Micro/nanocellulose using deep eutectic solvents by Lourdes M. Orejuela-Escobar
- Bioeconomy and Biorefinery of Agroindustrial Residues by Lourdes M. Orejuela-Escobar
- Sustainable Biodiversity Use, Circular Bioeconomy and Biorefinery by Lourdes M. Orejuela-Escobar
- Adsorption bed kinetics for organic and inorganic pollutants removal from water using lignocelullosic biomass and their recovery using Deep Eutectic Solvents by Lourdes M. Orejuela-Escobar
- Obtaining high value-added compounds from residual lignocellulosic biomass for potential industrial applications by Lourdes M. Orejuela-Escobar
- Brewer´s Spent Grain (Hordeum vulgare) Fractionation: Cellulose, Arabinoxylan and lignin Recovery using autohydrolysis and a deep eutectic solvent by Lourdes M. Orejuela-Escobar
- A Meta-Analytics review of how consumers cope with boredom by Franklin Velasco
- Human Genetics by Vanessa Romero.
- Systematic literature research on non-conventional applications of anaerobic digestion for hydrogen and VFA production, including post-treatments technologies by Daniela Almeida Streitwieser
- Activity patterns of medium and large mammals in the eastern foothills of the central Andes of Ecuador by Carolina Reyes-Puig
- Overlapping Cities by Maria Isabel Paz
- Leptospirosis in pigs: a systematic review by Veronica Barragan
- Fluidized bed technology readiness in Ecuador by Juan Proano-Aviles
- Doctoral Defenses and Defense Formats by Eva Lantsoght
- Hypercomplex analysis, Fractional Calculus by Antonio di Teodoro
Application & Fees
Students who would like to start enhancing their skills and participate in LOERI should complete the USFQ Online Application below and must be accepted by the USFQ Professor/Researcher Lead.
On the USFQ Online Application choose “Yes” where it asks: “Do you want to participate in the LOERI program?” and provide the requested information. You will be contacted by USFQ with further details.
Application on a rolling basis.
- Without credit: US $600 independent students, US$500 USFQ Alumni and participating students from a partner institution.
- 3 academic credits (transcript from USFQ*): standing tuition fees of the USFQ semester
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the program or application process.
* One transcript included; extra transcripts carry additional fee
“I’ve been exposed to a lot of research experience that would be difficult to access in the U.S.”
University of New Mexico (Biology)
“I’ve never had this much one-on-one time with a professor. It’s been really helpful. It’s great to have someone point out aspects I hadn’t thought of in my studies.”
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Environmental Health Science)
“The hands-on experience in a different setting than in the U.S. helped me learn how to view things from a different perspective.”
Oregon State University (Bioengineering)