Rice University is expanding academic exchange with top Costa Rican universities, institutions and organizations. We seek to increase student mobility, research partnerships, and experiential opportunities that can enhance communities in both Costa Rica and in the USA.
- Did you know that Rice University has an active Costa Rica Interest Group?
- Did you know that Rice University feels fortunate to have a close working relationship with Consulate General of Costa Rica in Houston?
- Did you know that Rice University is honored and grateful to have a great relationship with Costa Rican National Academy of Science, Costa Rican Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, Ticotal and CINDE.
Rice President David Leebron (left) and Marcelo Jenkins, Costa Rica’s minister of science, technology and telecommunications, signed a memorandum of understanding Nov. 7 to promote research collaborations and student and faculty exchanges. Please see more pictures here.
“This is a world class university, with incredible opportunities to do research and to “create communities”to develop research programs. The development of knowledge being ingrained in the culture of the university, we constantly rethink and redevelop our course offerings to stay ahead of the curve. Learning never stops.”
–Anthony Várilly-Alvarado, Associate Professor of Mathematics
“Rice is a top research university that is committed to one-on-one training and mentoring. I am excited about the research possibilities and the quality of our students. It is a great environment for the generation of new ideas and the exploration of taken for granted truths.
–Andrea Ballestero S., Assistant Professor of Anthropology
“Costa Rican researchers and scholars would feel at home at Rice given its manageable size, and easily approachable colleagues. Being exposed to Rice’s highly motivated and stimulating faculty and student body is an opportunity not to be missed.”
–Erika de la Garza, Program Director of the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute
Rice at Costa Rica
- Nicki Chamberlain-Simon (Lovett ’16) will work with the Applied Ergonomics Laboratory at the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica in Cartago, Costa Rica for 9 months. She will be investigating a 3D printed prosthetic design in order to reduce the cost of assistive care.
Read more about Nick’s experience here!
The 2016-2017 GMI cohort began their global industry internship in June of 2016. They traveled to Costa Rica, where they will spend two months collaborating with local universities and clinicians to develop design projects, then working as interns for Boston Scientific or St. Jude Medical. We invite you to read about their experiences here: gmi.rice.edu/student-blogs.
“The program consists of a two-week short course, followed by an internship. The short course is taught in Costa Rica to both Costa Rican students and Rice students. During the course, students are introduced to concepts of medical device development and innovation. After the two weeks, students participate in a 6-week internship at one of the local medtech companies. Both Rice students and Costa Rican students receive the benefits of the course, of the internships, and importantly, of working with each other. ” -Dr. Eric Richardson
Click here to learn more about the program!