Dr. Ubaldo Córdova wants to make sure that young scientists and faculty in Puerto Rico have a support system for professional development.
Dr. Ubaldo M. Córdova knew from a very early age that he wanted to be a scientist. He confirmed this thought when he had to complete a special project for his geography class in high school. For this project, a shy and introvert Ubaldo, built a geography map of Puerto Rico. He designed a very precise map that marked the Island’s municipalities using colorful sand. Based on the sophistication of his design- where the different colors of sand did not mix and every piece fit perfectly- his teacher told him that he would become an engineer.
CienciaPR, in partnership with Yale University, is carrying out a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project titled "Evaluation of disaster-related science lesson plans to promote learning continuity after Hurricane Maria", has two main phases:
A. Training teachers and middle school principals to implement PBL science lessons relevant to Puerto Rican culture and related to challenges after the hurricane (drinking water and terrestrial ecosystems)
B. Research a sample of trained schools, with the objective of:
(1) Studying the feasibility to implement science lessons that integrate project-based learning (PBL), after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane.
(2) Studying the impact on participating students on their attitudes towards science and their role in the search for solutions.
Due to the ongoing recovery efforts related to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, the NSF has decided to grant an extension to the upcoming Phase I SBIR and STTR deadlines for small businesses based in Puerto Rico and the U.S.
The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) remind the science and engineering community of the ASEE/NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship Program (SBPRDF). This program places fellows within seven years of completing their Ph.D. degree in a STEM field in some of the nation’s most promising start-up companies.
Edwin Suárez Zayas, graduate from the School of Science and Technology and the Honors program at the Metropolitan University (UMET) received the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP) to fund his doctoral studies.
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