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Puerto Rican students selected to research internship to study galaxies at Arecibo Observatory

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Young Puerto Rican students Dianaly Cortés Rivera was selected to a research internship to study galaxies at the Arecibo Observatory.  

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Seven UPR students win prestigious NSF fellowship

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El Nuevo Día Educador | El Nuevo Día

Seven students from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) were awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

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Astronomers Without Borders and CienciaPR to Distribute Telescopes to Underserved Schools in Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, PR – Starting this summer, children from all arond Puerto Rico will be able to explore space from their schools’ backyards. The non-profit organization Astronomers Without Borders and Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR) will distribute donated telescopes to 20 underserved schools in Puerto Rico. In addition to the telescopes, the schools will receive science education resources that include "The Universe at Your Feet", a collection of astronomy activities in Spanish for children and classrooms, and celestial planispheres or maps to help identify visible stars and constellations. This is all part of a new collaborative initiative called "Astronomía al Servicio" (Astronomy in Service), which seeks to promote education, scientific exploration, and citizen participation.

Puerto Rican student gets $25,000 grant to research underground waters

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By Xuaem Tirado Ramos | El Nuevo Día 

Norma Torres Torres, graduate student at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez was awarded a $25,000 fellowship from the Ford Foundation to investigate the contamination of underground waters in limestone regions in northern Puerto Rico.

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Rebuilding Science Education in Puerto Rico

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This past September, back-to-back hurricanes devastated Puerto Rico. The archipelago had already been struggling with a decade-long economic recession, fragile infrastructure and floundering institutions. Irma and Maria plunged Puerto Rico into an even deeper crisis. But could these natural disasters create once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for change?

Meet our new Education Programs Specialist!

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The CienciaPR staff continues to grow! We want to officially welcome Elvin Estrada, who during joined the Ciencia Puerto Rico team as Educational Programs Specialist and Social Media Coordinator, this March.

Elvin received his bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences from Interamerican University and a master's degree in Biotechnology from the Pontificial Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He has more than 4 years of experience in the areas of scientific research and digital marketing. Before joining the CienciaPR staff, Elvin worked as a biologist in the Department of Medical Entomology of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a research project aimed at to the prevention of the transmission of the Zika virus.

From Responding to Maria to Mental Health: 2017 Yale Ciencia Fellows Impact Their Communities Through Outreach

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The Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA) aims to develop well-rounded scientific leaders and professionals. Completing a science outreach project is one aspect of the program that helps fellows advance towards this goal. The 2017 class of YCA Fellows led and implemented a series of science outreach projects to put into practice the communication, teaching and leadership skills they learned during their year in the program. The projects included various podcasts, a full-day symposium on deaf mental health, and a new blog in a major Spanish-language newspaper.

CienciaPR awarded NSF grant to promote science education post-Maria

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SAN JUAN, PR - The non-profit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), in collaboration with Yale University, received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to encourage Puerto Rican students to explore, present, and implement scientific solutions to the challenges created by hurricanes Irma and Maria. The grant, amounting to $186,086 for one year, was one of 23 granted by the federal agency to do research in Puerto Rico related to the natural disasters, and the only one in the field of education.

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