While summer is a time many college students use to relax and recover from studying all year, a group of 13 Galveston College Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Honors program students took advantage of GC’s weeklong study abroad class in May doing field work at the Texas A&M University Soltis Center for Education and Research in Costa Rica.


The 13 GC students’ coursework in Costa Rica focused on environmental science in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where they had the opportunity to utilize scientific tools and field methods. All travel costs and field equipment for the students were funded under the National Science Foundation grant.


The students who participated in the study abroad environmental science field work were: Christopher Gonzalez, Chelsey Hill, Sydney Rawls, Alyssa Richardson, Gustavo Salazar, Moises Isbell, Mariah Rodriguez, Joshua VanPatten, Carlos Alfaro-Rodriguez, Koriel Lopez, Cristian Alberdin, John Luke Glover and Mouhamadou Seye. The study abroad group was accompanied by GC Title V and National Science Foundation (NSF) Project Director, Sandra Metoyer, Ph.D., and GC Biology, Science and Business Instructor, Jacquelyn Emmert, Ph.D., and GC STEM Transfer Student Success Specialist, Lionel De Luna.


The material used by GC students in the study abroad course in Costa Rica is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions program under Grant 2122825.


For more information about GC’s STEM programs, visit https://www.gc.edu/academic-career-programs/science-technology-engineering-math/index.php.



Galveston College was founded in 1967 and is a comprehensive community college providing the residents of Galveston Island and the surrounding region with academic, workforce development, continuing education and community service programs.