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Conversations with Scientists 2017: Fellowships and Funding

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During this conversation, scientists in research careers and funding experts talked about their experiences applying for fellowships and grants, and getting funded, as well as shared practical advice and strategies that can help students be successful in the process of securing funding.


Conversations with Scientists 2017: Careers in Industry

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During this conversation, scientists in industry careers will talk about their experiences and paths to industry careers and advice to graduate students interested in pursuing industry careers. They also share resources that could help students make transition into industry careers.



Conversations with Scientists 2017: Academic Careers

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During this conversation, scientists in research and teaching careers discussed their experiences and paths to careers in academia; share their successes and challenges; insights into their day-to-day; and advice to graduate students interested in pursuing academic careers.




Young scientists implement science outreach projects, create resources for educators and students

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As part of the Yale Ciencia Academy for Career Development, the 2016 class of fellows led and implemented a series of science outreach projects to put into practice the communication, teaching and leadership skills they learned during their year in the program. Through these projects, these young scientists also had the opportunity to broaden their impact on society and their communities.

From Collection to the Digitization of Caribbean Plant Specimens

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Imagine you are walking around your ideal natural paradise in the Caribbean. To me, that would be hiking in some trail at ‘El Yunque,' deep into the forest, gazing one of the majestic waterfalls it showcases. While busy contemplating your surroundings, a flower you have never encounter before mesmerizes you. You quickly get closer and utilize your senses to learn more about this beauty. After this initial observation, a few questions usually follow in our minds including: What is the name of this plant/species? Is it native to this region or is it originally from a different place? And, could this be an endangered species? In this day and age, with good Internet connection and some patience you will likely be able to obtain answers to these queries.

Get to know the 2017 Yale Ciencia Academy!

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We are proud to welcome the 2017 Yale Ciencia Academy Fellows. These 40 young scientists come from 23 institutions in Puerto Rico and throughout the US, they represent a wide variety of research interests, and each brings diverse experiences and perspectives. Just two months into the new class, we are already blown away by the talent, creativity, and drive of the students.

We invite you to get to know our 2017 Yale Ciencia Academy Fellows!

Conversations with Scientists: The Postdoc Transition

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During the first Conversations with Scientists of the 2017 Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA), scientists in research careers talked about their experiences applying for and getting a postdoc, as well as shared practical advice and strategies that helped them during the process.

The panelists were: Dr. Reyna Martinez de Luna, Research Scientist at SUNY Upstate Medical University; Dr. Janitza Montalvo-Ortiz, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Yale University; and Dr. Manuel Navedo, Associate Professor at the University of California, Davis.

Watch the conversation and read a summary put together by 2017 YCA Fellows Victor Aguilar, Simara Laboy and Aileen García-Vargas below.

Agricultural genetics: A science tool to explore in Puerto Rico’s new age of agriculture

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For around 10,000 years since the origin of agriculture in the Neolithic, modern humans had been using artificial selection for the improvement of crops and livestock. Previous to that period of time, humans had to live on what they found in the wild by hunting, fishing, and collecting seeds and roots to eat. In this context, Neolithic represents to human history the shift from a hunting-gathering economy to the direct production of food. 


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