Students and professors from the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo (UPRA) will be part of a select group of researchers who will document how human actions positively or negatively influence coastal resilience to atmospheric events.
“This is a great opportunity for our students to develop scientific tools that will help them in the future for their graduate studies”, said Dr. Carlos Andújar Rojas, rector of the campus.
The Collaborative Research: REU Site: Resilience and Adaptation to Coastal Change Across Virtual Communities project is offered by the federal agency, National Science Foundation (NSF), under an incentive of approximately $ 120,000. Team science and virtualization of collaborative efforts will engage participants in online preparatory activities, an intensive boot camp at the Institute for Coastal Studies in North Carolina, as well as intensive research at various universities, including UPR at Arecibo.
“The projects that will be carried out will serve to understand the natural challenges we face living on an island”, said Ángel Acosta, professor in charge of the project at the UPR in Arecibo. “Currently, we are working on four projects related to coastal erosion, renewable energy and mobile application design,” he added.
Leveraging institutional resources, the National Science Foundation seeks to reach a broad population of students and faculty with different demographic backgrounds and limited access to research opportunities. Along with UPRA students, students from the universities of East Carolina University, in North Carolina and Clemenson University, in South Carolina will participate.