Dr. Emma Fernández-Repollet, RCMI Principal Investigator at the Medical Sciences Campus was recognized by G Works and the Amgen Foundation as Distinguished Puerto Rican Women in STEM during the opening of the third PR STEM’s Up to the Challenge Education Submit held on March 7, 2017. The award was presented by Ms. Gretchen B. Guzmán, President of G Works, Inc. Dr. Fernández-Repollet shared this distinction with Dr. Álida Ortiz, Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao and an educator in aspects of use, conservation and management of coastal and marine resources of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
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Scientists from Puerto Rico's biomedical science research institutions offered demonstrations and interacted with 150 students from public and private schools around Puerto Rico during the 13th International RCMI Symposium. The main goal of the activities was to develop the students' interest in health-related careers, particularly those focusing on decreasing health disparities in local communities.
In agreement with our mission to help train future generations of Puerto Rican scientists, on September 24, 2012 CienciaPR held a symposium entitled "I want to be a scientist ... Now what do I do?”. Over one hundred undergraduate and graduate students from 15 universities throughout Puerto Rico attended the symposium, which also involved the participation of professors and researchers from various institutions. The event was held at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico.