How It Works
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 2020, USFQ will offer online research opportunities as part of the LOERI program.
Research opportunities based on USFQ’s faculty expertise, campus facilities, and research stations. Students are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to explore possible options.
Summer and Fall 2020 Research options:
- Camera Trap Software and Carnivore Ecology Research Assistants by Becky Zug
- Documentation of Ecuadorian Quichua by Simeon Floyd
- Galapagos Green Sea Turtles Real-time in Water Ecology and Diving Behavior by Daniela Alarcón
- Invasive Species in Galápagos by Gonzalo Rivas - Torres
- Matching protocols and information in games by Pedro Romero
- Sustainability and Innovation during COVID - 19 crisis by Maria Jose Ayala
- The Regional and the Global by Christian Parreno
- Universal Values and Meaning in Life Project by Gerald L. Finch
- Venezuelan Migration in Ecuador by Cristen Dávalos
- 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
- Biodiversity Conservation, 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
- 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.
Application & Fees
Students who would like to start enhancing their skills and participate in LOERI should complete the USFQ Online Application and should be accepted by the USFQ Professor/Researcher Lead.
On the USFQ Cumbayá Campus online application, check the box under Program Information that states “I plan 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 email@example.com 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)