The main goal of the Saturday Research Academy Program (SRAP) of the Student Research Development Center (SRDC) is to encourage pre-college research, develop student’s written and oral communication skills, and provide a forum in Puerto Rico for students to foster interest in undergraduate and graduate education, particularly in the STEM-C fields. Historically, students who stated their scientific research experience in early stages are more likely to aspire to the highest levels of personal education (Ph.D., M.D.)
During the academic semester of February to May 2017, starting on February 3, 2018, the selected participants will have a minimum of 60 contact hours to develop a research under the mentoring of experienced undergraduate and graduate researchers from the Ana G. Méndez University System (AGMUS) and partner institutions. During this period (16 Saturdays) the participants will learn about the scientific method, critical thinking, and learn first-hand research techniques from experienced research mentors. How to prepare a research abstract and a Poster, or an oral presentation and the programs will include ethics in research.
For a period of 16 Saturdays the student participant will:
- Learn / develop research skills
- Develop / polish their writing and oral communication skills
- Learn to prepare competitive presentations
- Work as a team member
The students can have the opportunity to apply for the SRDC-SUAGM Pre-College Summer Research Internship Programs (when available). The SRDC staff will help with the application process.
Fee’s and costs
Pre-Registration Fee: $150 (Deadline: January 27, 2017)
Regular Registration Fee: $180 (After February 3, 2017)
The enrollment fee includes the research mentorship, official certification of participation as a student researcher, access to the institution facilities and talks by scientists from the mainland USA and worldwide scientific professionals and impression of their presentation materials (Poster). A late registration fee can be applied to all registrations and payments completed after the deadline. Non-paid registrations will be canceled. Please, make your payment on time to avoid additional penalty charges.
The enrollment Program fee is not reimbursable and must be paid by the deadline, by contacting Dr. Juan F. Arratia, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about dates, deadlines, and other program information, will be sent to all registered participants and their parent/guardian soon.
Research Areas: Neuroscience, Neurocircuits, Biology, Bio-Mathematics, Genomics, Genetics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering and Materials Science, Robotics, Game Design and Development, Atmospheric Sciences, Mathematics, etc. (Research areas vary by institution)