Research Opportunities - OPI

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 Options

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Research opportunities based on USFQ’s faculty expertise, campus facilities, and research stations. Students are encouraged to contact to explore possible options.

Research options:

Why Apply

Why Apply

  1. Mentorship opportunities and team building experiences, possibly resulting in the opportunity for joint research publications.
  2. Apply research methods and skills, enhancing employability and graduate school prospects.
  3. Networking opportunities with local and international experts in the field.
  4. 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.


  1. Without credit: US $600 independent students, US$500 USFQ Alumni and participating students from a partner institution.
  2. 3 academic credits (transcript from USFQ*): standing tuition fees of the USFQ semester

Please contact 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)