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BIOL 481 & 481L: Tropical Ecology & Evolution Application Instructions

Tropical Island Ecology and Evolution - A field based undergraduate program offered by the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo in partnership with the Organization for Tropical Studies

A Tropical Rainforest

Application Instructions

The application deadline is March 1, 2017 for priority consideration, followed by an open enrollment until filled, 16 participants maximum.

There are three items required to complete an application for the UHH-OTS Tropical Island Ecology and Evolution Course. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Student Application Form
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation from Faculty Members
  3. Transcript(s)

Students selected to attend the Tropical Island Ecology and Evolution course will then need to officially apply for Summer Admission with the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo and enroll in the course. More information will be provided upon selection.

1. Student Application Form (includes a Statement of Purpose)

Download the UHH-OTS Application

Please click on the application form link above and fill in the word document by clicking on the blank areas directly next to the field description.  Save the application using the format given below.  Upon completing and saving this form, submit to:


For example, if your name is Tom Smith, you should save your application as:


2. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation from Faculty Members

Letters of recommendation are required from two faculty members with whom you have work with and/or with whom you have taken a class. You must download the Faculty Recommendation Form and fill out the top portion of the form prior to sending the form to each professor.  Instructions of how he/she is to submit the form are included within the document, but it is your responsibility to insure recommendations are submitted by the deadline.

Download the Faculty Recommendation Form

3. Transcript(s)

Transcripts from all universities attended must be sent for review. Unofficial transcripts are accepted, and should be saved using the same format as the student application, but with the prefix of UHHtrans. For example: UHHtrans_SMITH,T.pdf

Please submit unofficial transcripts to:

Official transcripts should be sent via US Regular Postal Mail to:

UH Hilo-OTS Tropical Island Ecology and Evolution Course
Department of Biology
200 W Kawili St
Hilo, HI 96720

If you have any questions about this application process, please email:

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