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"Boricua brains" awarded prestigious scholarship at the federal level

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Twenty-six students were recognized by a prestigious fellowship program

The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF- GRFP) is perhaps the most competitive and prestigious scholarship for doctoral students interested in a variety of disciplines related to science, engineering, technology and mathematics.

We are pleased to celebrate with you the names of twenty-three students from Puerto Rican universities who received this prestigious award and of three students who received honorable mentions. Only 17% of people who apply are awarded the scholarship.

The NSF-GRFP award has supported in the past the launch of the scientific careers of current luminaries such as the computer scientist and founder of Google, Sergey Brin, the economist and author of Freakonomics, Steven Levitt, and physicist and former Secretary of the Department of Energy, Steven Chu.

The prestigious scholarship completely covers all expenses for graduate school and provides a generous annual stipend of $ 32,000 for three years. Fellows also have access to opportunities for career development and international internships.

Among the winners is our dear colleague, Edwin Rosado Oliveri, member of the CienciaPR Volunteer Team, and appropriately, leader of this blog devoted to celebrating our “Cerebros Boricuas” (Boricua Brains). Edwin, who is now in his final year of undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, will use the fellowship to fund his studies at Harvard.

Congratulations to Edwin and to all the winners and students recognized with distinction. They are a source of pride!

Below, we list the names of students from Puerto Rican undergraduate institutions who received the award or an honorary mention. If we mistakenly omitted mention of a student, or if you know of other Puerto Rican students in institutions outside of Puerto Rico that received the award, please email us to include them in this blog recognition.

NSF- GRFP Fellows 2014

Nombre/Name

Institución Subgraduada/ Bachelors Institution

Disciplina Científica

Institución Actual/ Current Institution

Acosta-Sojo, Yadrianna Nohely de la Monserrate

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Engineering - Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Alvarez-Rosario, Juan P

Universidad Metropolitana

Geosciences - Marine Biology

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Alvarado-Vélez, Melissa

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Engineering - Biomedical

Georgia Institute of Technology

Badillo-Rivera, Keyla Marie

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Life Sciences - Genetics

Stanford University School of Medicine

Colón-Negrón, Kevin A

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Life Sciences - Biochemistry

University of California-San Francisco

Colón, Aida Raquel

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Engineering - Electrical and Electronic

Columbia University

Cruz-Acuña, Ricardo

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Engineering - Bioengineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Delgado Reyes, Lourdes Marielle

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

Psychology - Developmental

University of Iowa

Falcón, Roberto

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Engineering - Bioengineering

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Gómez Ramos, Lizzette Marie

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Engineering - Chemical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Gutiérrez del Arroyo, Omar

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

Life Sciences - Ecology

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

Latorre-Esteves, Elena

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Life Sciences - Molecular Biology

University of Washington

Marrero-Ortiz, Wilmarie

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

Geosciences - Atmospheric Chemistry

Texas A&M University Main Campus

Martínez-García, Rosa

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Life Sciences - Neurosciences

Brown University

Meléndez, Jesyka

University of Puerto Rico Cayey

Life Sciences - Organismal Biology

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY

Navarro-Torres, Christian

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

Psychology - Psycholinguistics

 

Ortiz Otero, Nerymar

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Engineering - Biomedical

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Ortiz-Carpena, Jorge Felipe

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

Life Sciences - Neurosciences

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

Pérez-Cuevas, Mónica

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Engineering - Chemical Engineering

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Rosado-Olivieri, Edwin Antonio

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

Life Sciences - Developmental Biology

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

Santiago-López, Ángel Javier

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Engineering - Bioengineering

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Torres-Rodríguez, Justo Juvián

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Engineering - Biomedical

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Vargas-Muñiz, José

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Life Sciences - Microbiology

Duke University

 

NSF- GRFP Honorable Mentions 2014

Nombre/Name

Institución Subgraduada/ Bachelors Institution

Disciplina Científica

Institución Actual/ Current Institution

Morales-Pérez, Claudio Luis

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

Life Sciences - Biophysics

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Coradin, Mariel

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

Life Sciences - Biochemistry

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

Santos Uceta, Victor Octavio

University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon

Comp/IS/Eng - Software Systems and Software Engineering

Purdue University

 

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