Spring 2013 Pre-College Research Symposium

Dear Pre-College Students:

The Spring 2013 Pre-College Research Symposium is the culmination of the activities and dissemination process of the Saturday Academy Program of the Ana G. Méndez University System (AGMUS). For a period of four months, since January 2013, all of you, worked long hours in the research laboratories of the AGMUS campuses, Polytechnic University, Inter-American University-San Germán, Barranquitas, Bayamón and Metro, the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez and Humacao, the University of the Virgin Islands, the Arecibo Observatory among others, with the guidance and mentorship of fourty-eight professors and student research mentors in two-hundred thirty-three research projects in the areas of astronomy, atmospheric sciences, biology, genomics, bio-mathematics, bio-statistics, computational chemistry, computer sciences, applied mathematics, engineering, environmental sciences, physics, and robotics.

One of the objectives of the Spring 2013 Pre-College Research Symposium is to offer young motivated high school researchers the opportunity to learn and to practice their communication skills in a formal professional scientific meeting. A second objective is to give high school students of Puerto Rico a forum for the presentation of the results and findings of their research projects to teachers, research mentors, family members, and the university community at large.

The Ana G. Méndez University and the Student Research Development Center are proud of the results obtained by the pre-college students and their mentors in the Spring 2013 Saturday Academy Program and the Spring 2013 Pre-College Research Symposium. I hope your experience inspires you and your peers to select science, technology, engineering or mathematics as your field of study in the near future.

My sincere appreciation goes to the Student Research Development Center staff and student research mentors for their effort and commitment to implement the Spring 2013 Saturday Academy Program and the Spring 2013 Pre-College Research Symposium. This event would not have been possible without the ongoing support of the National Science Foundation and the NASA Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium.

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