The Latitude Zero: Ecuador Research Initiative (LOERI) is a program offered through the Universidad San Francisco of Quito that provides undergraduate research options for international students studying for a semester or year. This select program pairs you with a USFQ faculty member completing research in their field. You work on the research activity over the course of the semester, according to the needs of the professor and project. You earn three-credits for completing this independent study project, but more importantly you can expect to gain valuable hands-on experiences with local experts, undergraduate research experience that enhances your skills and employability, and the ability to develop multicultural perspectives and even discover new career possibilities.
Available opportunities vary each semester based on the current research and needs of the collaborating faculty. Potential areas of focus include ethnic identity, biotechnology, renewable energy, entrepreneurship, economic development, biodiversity, GIS, water quality analysis, structural and mechanical engineering, climate change, community health, chemistry, ecology, and many more! Only five international students are selected per semester to participate in this amazing opportunity and there is an additional fee to participate. If interested, contact the BCA Central Office as you work on your application to learn more about how to apply for the LOERI program.