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Conversations with Scientists: Funding & Fellowships

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During this conversation, panelists with experience obtaining grants, fellowships and other funds shared practical strategies to get funding from diverse sources (federal and state government, foundations, private industry, etc.), particularly graduate and postdoctoral fellowships. Panelists also provided general advice for successful fundraising in or outside academia, for example, making sure you have an organized, solid narrative; reading the call for proposals carefully; seeking feedback from mentors and peers; anticipating reviewer questions, etc.  

Thank you for being #ConCienciaPR!

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We'd like to thank these individuals, companies and organizations for their commitment with science education and the progress of Puerto Rico. Thanks to their donations we will continue celebrating Puerto Rican science; reaching more students and educators with culturally relevant resources; and supporting young scientists.

Thanks to these 105 supporters, PACIV, Lilly of the Caribbean and Pfizer Puerto Rico we raised $14,492.93. Thank you for investing in the future of Puerto Rico. Thank you for being #ConCienciaPR!

These donations will help us continue creating initiatives that bring Puerto Rican science to everyone and improve science education and access to scientific careers in Puerto Rico.

Yale Ciencia Academy: Professional Development Opportunity for Young Scientists

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New Haven, CT - The nonprofit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR) is making a call for applications to the Yale Ciencia Academy (www.ciencia.org/yca; YCA), an innovative program to transform the training of young scientists in Puerto Rico and the United States. YCA is a collaboration between CienciaPR and Yale University and is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Puerto Rican participates of internacional course on agroecology in Africa

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Georges Félix, graduate student at  University of Wageningen will participate in course about agorecology on Burkina Faso. Find more information here.

Three scientists from Arecibo participate in world renowned course

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The Marine Biological Laboratory Immunohistochemistry and Microscopy course took place March 12-16, 2016 in Woods Hole, MA. Three young scientists from Arecibo, Puerto Rico were selected to be part of this highly competitive course.

You can read the full version of this article in Spanish by clicking on ESPAÑOL at the top right of the screen.

Learn more about the course: http://www.mbl.edu/education/special-topics-courses/immunohistochemistry-and-microscopy-ihcm/

Puerto Rican scientist one of 40 Women to Watch

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Congratulations to Borinqueña Dr. Frances Colón who was recently named one of 40 over 40 Women to Watch who are reinventing and disrupting and making an impact!


Bio: Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State; previously Science and Environment Adviser for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Dept. of State.

Innovating in Field of Work:

Reflections on the Aspen Ideas Festival

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A few weeks ago I attended the Aspen Ideas Festival, where I was one of 300 scholars from around the world. I was also one of eight Cenadores—a group working to empower Puerto Rican civil society.

I arrived in Aspen prepared—and actually looking forward—to being challenged by new ideas, different points of view and stepping out of my comfort zone.

My elevator pitch was set. I was ready to tell anybody I met how I combine my scientific training with technology to engage scientific communities to crowd-source initiatives and resources to transform science education.

“Hello, my name is Mónica, I am a scientist and science communicator…”

Conversations with Scientists: Careers in Industry

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The biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry offers diverse opportunities for PhDs in the life sciences. You can pursue careers in research and development (R&D), management, business, operations and manufacturing, among many others. But, how do you enter a career in industry? How does a PhD prepare you? What skills are important?

We are our volunteers

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Ciencia Puerto Rico exists and is a vibrant community thanks to the commitment, passion, and work of dozens of volunteers.  There are many who throughout the years have given their time, ideas and knowledge to make our organization what it is today.

To celebrate this, our tenth anniversary, we will be sharing stories of CienciaPR Team members. These anecdotes will highlight stories not only how our volunteers have played a leading role in the achievements of the organization, but also how they are an example that one can work for a better Puerto Rico, no matter where one lives.  

CienciaPR in a conversation with Bright Spots in Hispanic Education

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CienciaPR participated (via Google Hangouts on Air) of a conversation on STEM education with Bright Spots in Hispanic education across the U.S. Last Hispanic Heritage Month, CienciaPR was one of 230 Bright Spots recognized by the White House for their efforts to improve education for Latinos.


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