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McGill-STRI Neotropical Environment Option



Collaborating institutions representing Canada, Panama and the United States have united efforts to offer an avant-garde graduate-level program. This master's and doctorate option is primarily research based, and students will work under the supervision of researchers from McGill and/or the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). Research areas are multiple but all will be related to environmental problems facing Latin America today.

Collaborating institutions

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Located in Montreal, Quebec, McGill University is widely considered to be Canada's most prestigious university. More than 3,000 full-time professors and five million books and journals on campus represent a wealth of intellectual resources for McGill students.

STRI Logo  The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), with headquarters in the Republic of Panama, is a unit of the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC, USA) and one of the world's leading centres for basic research on the ecology, behaviour and evolution of tropical organisms.

Program description

The McGill-STRI Neotropical Environment Option (NEO) is a research-based option for Masters or PhD students in the departments of Anthropology, Biology, Bioresource Engineering , Geography, Natural Resource Sciences, Plant Science, and Political Science at McGill University. NEO is aimed at students who wish to focus their graduate research on environmental issues relevant to the Neotropics and latin american countries. NEO favors interdisciplinary approaches to research and learning through the participation of researchers from McGill and from STRI. Students will complete their research in Latin America and NEO's core and complementary courses will be taught in Panama. NEO's educational approach seeks to facilitate a broader understanding of tropical environmental issues and the development of skills relevant to working in the tropics.

Whether applying to a master or a PhD, students are expected to meet all the degreerequirements of the department in which they are registered. In addition, NEO students will have to meet the specific requirements of the option.


The Master's program

Residence Requirements
Please refer to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 for details.

The Master's thesis could be accepted in English, French or Spanish.

 The PhD program

Residence Requirements
Please refer to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 for details.

The qualifying exam and the defense will take place in Montreal and the PhD thesis must be written in English.