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Student Research
Development Center

Caribbean Computing
Center for Excellence

AGMUS Institute
of Mathematics


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What is the Student Research Development Center?

The Model Institutions for Excellence (MIE) Advisory Board on its November 17, 2006 meeting recommended the creation of the Student Research Development Center as the unit to disseminate the MIE best practices to Universidad del Este (UNE) and Universidad del Turabo (UT). The new administrative entity was designed to take the responsibilities of continuing the implementation of all activities developed by the MIE experience at the System level: the pre-college initiative, the scholarship program, the Fulbright visiting scholar series, national and international summer undergraduate research programs, conference attendance, pre-college and undergraduate symposium agenda, nanotechnology workshops, the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences, the English language and GRE and TOEFL preparation programs and the Bridge to Graduate School, with funding from the institution, the federal government and new proposals.

The center has developed a successful K-12 Research Program funded by the National Science Foundation and the Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium. This program has been successful thanks in part to its three main components: the AGMUS Saturday Research Academy which is implemented during the fall and spring semesters; the AGMUS Summer Research Experiences in Puerto Rico, the US mainland and abroad, which consists of a diversity of internships in many formidable universities; and the AGMUS Pre-College Research Symposia.

The main focus of the SRDC is the development of its students. An early research experience is an effective tool to motivate students to open the gate for discovery and innovation, which will serve as the basis for future scientific careers. This development is made possible thanks to summer research experiences through its internships; participation in the annual AGMUS Research Symposiums and the Pre-College Symposiums and a diversity of conferences presented by Fulbright Visiting Scholars. All these combined serve as a bridge to graduate school, transferring undergraduates to graduate schools.