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Hurricane Maria - Aid, funding, and support for affected scientists and students

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We are very thankful to the international scientific community has rallied in support of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands after the devastating passage of Hurricane María. Here we will list ways to solicit or review offers of aid, funding opportunities, offers of tuition and registration for students, and other resources. We also offer tips on how to seek placement in other labs.


Hurricane Maria - How Institutions Can Help

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Driven by the Puerto Rican diaspora, several institutions have mobilized to help students and scientists affected after Hurricane Maria. Here we outline several initiatives and institutional offers and how you can serve as a link from your institution.

How to involve your institution? 

Notify your institution - Here at CienciaPR we received a number of questions on how students and scientists affected by the hurricane could be helped. Immediately after the hurricane, we shared a template to help students and faculty engage institutional leaders in disaster response measures.

Hurricane Maria - Grants Policies

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Due to the extent of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, funding agencies, institutions and professional organizations have issued statements on the different measures they will take to support the scientific enterprise in Puerto Rico and ensure the continuity of research and education on the island.

Hurricane María Donations

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On this page, we focus on fundraising efforts related to science, education, the environment and agriculture in Puerto Rico.

If you would like to donate to relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, please see this blog for a comprehensive list of vetted organizations. We recommend working with Puerto Rico-based organizations that have the resources and knowhow to help vulnerable communities in Puerto Rico.

Ask your institution to respond in the wake of Maria

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Dear members of the CienciaPR community,

Many of you have reached out to learn how you can ask your institutions in the U.S. to support members of the university community who have been directly and indirectly affected by hurricane Maria, as well as relief efforts in the Caribbean. This has undoubtedly been a stressful week and for many of us, it’s been hard to focus on work, school or science.

It's never too late to work for Puerto Rico and science: volunteer anecdote

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It is said that opportunity favors the prepared. I know this is true because a golden opportunity to use my science background to benefit Puerto Rico knocked on my door and I was not ready.

The March was only the beginning

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The March for Science Puerto Rico was a historic day. However, Earth Day 2017 was not the end, but the beginning of our work. We need your help to continue celebrating, advocating and defending science in Puerto Rico and around the world.

In the coming weeks we will be sharing actions that you can take to continue advancing the goals of the March for Science Puerto Rico.

The day #CienciaBoricua became visible

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Under the Caribbean sun and embraced a cool sea breeze, on April 22, 2017, over 600 scientists, students and citizens marched for science. It was a historic day for Puerto Rican science. Young and old flooded the streets of historic Old San Juan to celebrate #cienciaboricua, to demand policies based on evidence and informed by the local scientific community. We joined 600+ cities around the world to #MarchForScience.


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