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Letter to my younger self: What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

Antonieta L Salguero Rivera's picture

One of the most challenging decisions to make for most young adults is choosing a career path to follow. In the United States, about one-third of students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs changed majors (National Center for Education Statistics), but the challenge doesn’t stop there as it is even more difficult to figure out what to do after obtaining that degree. Ten years ago, when I was living in Ecuador and trying to figure out what to do with my life, I would have never imagined that I was going to decide to pursue a doctorate degree in Chemical Biology.

Exploring the way things work: Marissa Morales

Zulmarie Perez Horta's picture

Ever since she was a young girl in the small town of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher Marissa Morales has had a fascination with science.

“When I was a child- maybe 10 or 11- I would mix random ingredients. I put some samples in the freezer, other samples in the refrigerator, and I would dig a hole in the ground to bury the rest and see what would happen to the mixtures,” Marissa explained. “I have always been curious about what things are made of and how they work, which is why I decided to study chemistry.”

Role Models

Marvi Ann Matos's picture

Years ago when I joined Boeing, I read an article written by Dr. John Tracy, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and one of the Executive Council members at the company. The article pointed at the importance of diversity in business and in it, I learned about John, his Hispanic heritage and that prior to pursuing his PhD, he was a math teacher. Many years later after reading the article, I have the privilege to sit down with this great man and ask him about his role models. Before we start, I wanted to share with you briefly, some of John’s accomplishments.

Tara Mandalaywala-Ocasio: I am Borinqueña and a Comparative Psychologist

Samuel L Díaz Muñoz's picture

Dr. Tara Mandalaywala-Ocasio grew up in a multicultural home full of science that is reflected in her multidisciplinary research on human cognition. From her office at New York University, this accomplished scientist tells us why she has attended scientific meetings since she was in diapers, about her adventures with the monkeys of Cayo Santiago, and what challenges and opportunities she has faced as a Borinqueña blazing a traii in science. 

Tell me a little about your personal history, where were you born and raised?

Between Borinqueñas: Women in STEM

Mónica Ivelisse Feliú-Mójer's picture

To celebrate International Women's Month, the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust (PRSTRT), welcomed Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR) and "Women Empowered " (WE) for a discussion between Borinqueñas. Ms. Lucy Crespo (CEO of the PRSTRT), Dr. Patricia Ordoñez (Computer Science Professor -UPR-RP), Dr . Michelle Martinez (Professor, School of Medicine - University Central del Caribe) and Dr . Giovanna Guerrero (Executive Director, CienciaPR) shared their success stories and challenges.

Sharing Ana Roqué de Duprey's Legacy

Mónica Ivelisse Feliú-Mójer's picture

Recently, Dr. Frances Colón, Deputy Science and Technoogy Advisor for the U.S. Secretary of State, shared the legacy of pioneer scientist and feminist Ana Roqué de Duprey. The story is part of a White House project to share the untold stories of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

Professor from UPR Río Piedras: First Hispanic Woman to become director at large for ACS

Zulmarie Perez Horta's picture

"Women are able to hold many roles and to succeed in each one of them", affirmed Dr. Ingrid Montes, Chemistry Professor at UPR-RP. Dr. Montes became the first hispanic woman to be elected to the Board of General Directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS). 

For the full blog post, please refer to the Spanish version of this site. 


More than Science: Joan Laureano, an engineer “on-trend”

Greetchen Díaz-Muñoz's picture

Borinqueñas, if something is certain it is that science and engineering are everywhere, in everything we do and everything we create. More importantly, science and engineering can open many doors in our future since the skills learned by studying these disciplines can be an advantageous in the workplace independent of what your final career path might be. This is the case of Borinqueña Joan Laureano Correa. Joan, who is an electric engineer, is also a renowned accessories and jewelry designer.


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