Winter 2012 Pre-College Research Symposium

On Saturday, December 15, 2012, the Winter 2012 Pre-College Research Symposium was held at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Convention Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico. The symposium was made possible as a result of two grants of the National Science Foundation, the AGMUS Institute of Mathematics and the Caribbean Computing Center for Excellence, for both of which I am the PI. The conference was attended by 322 high school students from Puerto Rico, 128 parents and family members, 7 science and math teachers, 49 research mentors and assistants, 59 scientific judges, 14 visitors and 12 administrators for a total of 591 participants.

The conference is part of the final outcome of the AGMUS Institute of Mathematics and the Caribbean Computing Center for Excellence (CCCE) Alliance Saturday Academy for the Winter 2012, where pre-college students from high schools in Arecibo, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Caguas, Camuy, Carolina, Cidra, Fajardo, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Hatillo, Humacao, Juncos, Las Piedras, Luquillo, Mayagüez, Naguabo, Naranjito, Ponce, Quebradillas, Sabana Grande, Saint Croix, Saint Thomas, San Juan, San Lorenzo, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, and from grades 10, 11 and 12 were mentored by undergraduates and faculty in research projects in the areas of astronomy, atmospheric sciences, biology, genomics, bio-mathematics, bio-statistics, computational chemistry, computer sciences, applied mathematics, engineering, environmental sciences, applied physics and robotics during sixteen weeks at the research facilities of Universidad del Este, Universidad Metropolitana, Universidad del Turabo, 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 and María Reina Academy. One-hundred ninety-two (192) posters were exhibited together with fourty-one (41) oral research presentations. At the awards ceremony twenty posters were selected as the best of the conference.