February 26, 2021

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Ciencia Puerto Rico presents a virtual collection of profiles of Puerto Rican scientists

The world’s greatest Puerto Rican scientists stand out

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San Juan – With the purpose of highlighting outstanding women in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM, for its acronym in English), Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR) has published the Collection of Women in STEM by Semillas de Triunfo, which It contains the profiles of almost 160 Puerto Rican and Latina scientists.

The Collection – the largest of its kind in the world – highlights college students and graduates or professionals in academia, industry, government and non-profit organizations.

The Collection is one of the educational resources created for the Semillas de Triunfo program: IF / THEN Edition.

This program gives 121 students from seventh to ninth grade from all over Puerto Rico the opportunity to become STEM ambassadors, developing their skills and leadership in these disciplines.

Each profile in the Collection contains a poster with a photo, a biography and a short video in Spanish, so that people can get to know the scientists better.

The posters can be downloaded for use in schools, museums, youth educational centers and other places.

All content in the Semillas de Triunfo Women in STEM Collection is free, in part thanks to the support of Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ IF / THEN initiative.

The Collection provides a search engine by discipline and allows to know other details about these women and their careers, through a link to their profile on the portal of CienciaPR.org.

CienciaPR.org has a profile base of more than 12,000 STEM professionals, students and educators, of which almost 8,000 are women.

“There are many STEM disciplines that have very low female representation and one of the biggest challenges in motivating young women to pursue these careers is the lack of visibility and access to role models,” said Dr. Greetchen Díaz Muñoz, Director of the Science Education Program for CienciaPR and creator of Semillas de Triunfo.

“Puerto Rico has many women who stand out in STEM and precisely for this reason we created this Collection, to give them the visibility they deserve and inspire future generations of pioneers.”

The launch of the Collection goes hand in hand with the motto of Semillas de Triunfo: IF / THEN Edition which is “IF we support a girl in STEM, THEN she can change the world”.

“The Women in STEM Collection is a culturally relevant resource in Spanish that will allow young Puerto Ricans and Latinos to identify with them, learn from their experiences and be motivated to explore these disciplines. We are very excited about its launch because for the first time it allows families, schools and educational organizations in Puerto Rico, the United States and Latin America, to know the stories and trajectories of hundreds of women ”, concluded Dr. Giovanna Guerrero Medina, Executive Director by CienciaPR.

The Semillas de Triunfo Women in STEM Collection can be accessed through https://www.cienciapr.org/es/seeds-success/semillas-de-triunfo-coleccion-de-mujeres-en-stem.

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