Category: International Education Research

Partnership for Training the Next Generation of Tropical Scientists

Wednesday, May 31
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
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This poster presents challenges and success stories of local scientists who started out as interns in Panama as part of an international research partnership.

Paola Gomez Garcia

Program Coordinator
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Panama, Panama

As Program Coordinator, my job involves the operation of STRI internship programs such as the SENACYT program. I am also a communications liaison for the promotion of STRI’s academic community and often joins students in the field to help them get the most out of their transformative experiences at the Smithsonian in Panama.

Adriana M. Bilgray

Manager, Office of Academic Programs
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Panama, Panama

Manager, Office of Academic Programs. Serves as point of contact for young scholars, fellows and interns that come to do research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institiute in the Republic of Panama. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama is the world’s leading research institute focused on understanding and conserving tropical diversity. The combination of strong science and strong scholarship uniquely positions STRI to lead training in the innovative cross-disciplinary research that is essential for understanding life on earth and for responding to the environmental challenges that threaten our planet. An Institute of the Smithsonian Institution based in Washington DC, STRI has a long history in Panama and works as an International Mission through an agreement with the Government of the Republic of Panama. The Office of Academic Programs at STRI is responsible for the training of young scientists in disciplines including ecology, anthropology, paleontology, paleoecology, evolutionary biology, molecular phylogenetics, biogeography, animal behavior, neurobiology, soils sciences, and physiology of tropical plants and animals.