Traveler Bio

Hola amigos! My name is Gabriel Perez and I'll be joining you from Costa Rica this semester! I'm a graduating senior from the University of California-Berkeley, studying geography with an emphasis on integrated biology. A few years ago I realized I really wanted to be part of a scientific team. I was able to participate in a research program called STEMSEAS aboard a naval vessel traveling up the California/Oregon coastline, and this experience fueled my dream to conduct more field research.

Fast-forward to last spring, when I had my second chance to get into the field, this time to explore California ecosystems. It was intense camping for seven weeks, but it gave me the field science skills I needed to be prepared for a 12-week research trip to Costa Rica. I'm so excited to be living my dream, and I'm looking forward to sharing this experience with you! Let's go!

Want to know more about how you can study or intern abroad when you are a college student? The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Learn more about the scholarship by clicking here!