Senior Educational Specialist of CienciaPR
I currently serve as Senior Educational Specialist of CienciaPR, a nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of scientific careers, science communication, and education in Puerto Rico. In this position I am in charge of the coordination and evaluation of the Seeds of Success project. My roles on this project have been students mentoring, program planning and logistics, workshop coordination, report writing, and data collection, analysis and management. My formal education is in Molecular and Cell Biology and Science education research. As the first student in defends a hybrid thesis in science and education, I have incorporated wide interdisciplinary skills as data management, statistics, molecular biology techniques, communication, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis and interpretation into my research work.
My genuine commitment to education and research, had led me to run several STEM education projects and evaluations. Including, Science in Action Program, a program that incorporates dynamics, authentic research experiences and mentoring for students from K to 12, and PROUD center at Humacao, a center that is focused in inclusive excellence to provide and enhance student success in STEM. Through my research experience, I have learned that not only science education is vital for the next generation of scientist, but the integration of authentic science experiences and mentorship is the key to increase underrepresented students’ auto-conception, academic knowledge development, and perception of science.