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Welcome to the UPR- IPERT community! This program—your program—aims to make more university students from different disciplines and socio-economic profiles broaden their competencies in biomedical research topics and areas related to health.

We seek to train professionals who are persevering, empowered, committed to Puerto Rico and with an interdisciplinary vision of health.

We would like to recruit more members like you!

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Hericka Cruz Luciano: Experiencias auténticas de una investigación para feria científica

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Por: Enrique Vargas y Wilson González Espada, Ciencia Puerto Rico

 

“Me frustré. Me emocioné. Me hizo pensar. Me hizo llorar.”

Quien oye a la estudiante Hericka Loraine Cruz Luciano, se creería que está describiendo su película favorita, una obra de teatro o una novela famosa, donde las emociones parecerían fluir desde la tristeza más profunda hasta la alegría más eufórica con la velocidad de un pensamiento.

Ella, en realidad, se estaba refiriendo a su experiencia como investigadora científica. La estudiante cursa el 12mo grado en la Escuela Superior Josefa Vélez Bauzá del pueblo de Peñuelas, donde ha desarrollado un proyecto multianual que la ha llevado a conquistar competencias científicas en Puerto Rico y el exterior.

Según Hericka, su proyecto de energía undimotriz (energía de las olas) surgió en el 9no grado, gracias a la motivación de su mamá, la Profa. Lilybeth Luciano Candelario. Lilybeth notó en Hericka su inteligencia y su habilidad para expresarse y comunicarse, y le sugirió que participara en la feria científica.

Al principio, la estudiante veía los “enormes cartones” de los proyectos de feria como una cosa que le iba a dar muchísimo trabajo y como algo que ella no se sentía capacitada para hacer. El apoyo de su mamá y la colaboración de sus colegas maestros Vicmaris Lugo (maestra de Química) y Víctor Galarza (maestro de Física), ambos de la Josefa Vélez Bauzá, finalmente convencieron a Hericka para entrar a la feria científica.

La selección del tema del proyecto, cuenta la joven, consistió en revisar una lista extensa de temas y ver cuál le llamaba la atención. Al mismo tiempo, seguía los consejos de su mamá, la cual le recalcó que el tema debía ser “bueno, competitivo e innovador”, un tema bastante único, factible, costo-efectivo y relevante a su comunidad.

CienciaPR to participate of #GivingTuesday for second year in a row

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SAN JUAN, PR — This coming November 27, Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR) will participate—for the second year in a row—of #GivingTuesday, a global movement through which millions of people, organizations and companies support causes in which they believe. The non-profit organization will be raising funds to support its educational project "Ciencia al Servicio de Puerto Rico” (Science in Service of Puerto Rico), which seeks to transform how science is taught in local schools.

CienciaPR receives funds from the JetBlue Foundation to promote scientific education in Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, PR — The non-profit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR, www.cienciapr.org) received $25,000 from the JetBlue Foundation for its "Ciencia al Servicio" (Science in Service) project, which seeks to transform the way science is taught in Puerto Rico.

The JetBlue Foundation awarded $135,000 in total aid to Ciencia Puerto Rico, EcoExploratorio, Inter American University of Puerto Rico and PRAMI (Puerto Rico Aviation Maintenance Institute).

World-Renowned Scientist and Inventor Partners with CienciaPR to Inspire Curiosity

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Curiosity-driven. That is Dr. Manu Prakash in a nutshell. Born and raised in India, he didn’t have many economic resources as a young man, but his creativity and curiosity were plentiful. Today he is an award-winning and world-renowned scientist, inventor and professor of bioengineering at Stanford University. His thirst for knowledge and sense of awe remain intact, and inspire his mission to empower people through science.

Educators learn to use telescopes as part of the "Astronomía al Servicio" project

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SAN JUAN, PR - On September 21, 2018, 24 teachers from 14 Puerto Rican schools learned how to use telescopes as a teaching tool, as part of their participation in the "Astronomía al Servicio" project.

"Astronomía al Servicio" is a collaborative project between Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), Astronomers Without Borders, the Office of Astronomy for Development of the International Astronomical Union, the Instituto Nueva Escuela and the Puerto Rico Astronomy Society. The project seeks to promote education, scientific exploration, and citizen participation through the establishment of astronomy clubs in schools.

Science and public policy for a more resilient Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is at a crossroads—the reconstruction decisions made following the fiscal crisis and the hurricanes of 2017 will determine the kind of society we will have in the future. Do we want to be prepared for the hurricanes to come? Or are we willing to allow the mistakes of the past to be repeated?

Moving forward requires that Puerto Rican policy makers incorporate the best available data from different fields, from economics, public administration, and social sciences, to engineering, technology, and the natural and physical sciences. Therefore, it is essential that public and private sectors collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to formulate public policies based on evidence.

Scientists and teachers come together to empower students to put "Science in Service of Puerto Rico"

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SAN JUAN, PR - For the past two days, more than 50 teachers and 15 scientists received training and designed educational lessons so that students from the Puerto Rican archipelago can put "Science in Service of Puerto Rico" (Ciencia al Servicio de Puerto Rico). Teachers and researchers participated in the inaugural workshop of the project of the same name, which was created and is led by the non-profit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR).

Talleres de Coaching de Resiliencia

Talleres de Coaching de Resiliencia

Coaching grupal

  • 5 sesiones grupales por semestre/2 años
  • Estipendio de $70 por semestre*
  • 15 estudiantes por grupo
  • Mentoría de pares**
  • Dirigido por Coach certificado/a
  • ¡Libre de Costo!

*se requiere asistencia a las 5 sesiones

** Descripción de Estudiante Mentor(a): Son estudiantes de 2do-4to año que han fungido como Asistentes de Investigación en un proyecto de investigación y cuyas responsabilidades en el grupo de Coaching incluyen: a) compartir sus experiencias de investigación y de convivencia, retos y ajustes en la universidad y b) motivar a estudiantes a utilizar las herramientas de perseverancia que se facilitan en los talleres de Coaching para alcanzar las metas académicas.

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