CREST Researchers Receive Funding from the US Department of Agriculture to Create a New Center PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcelo Suarez   
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:55
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In September 2011 Prof. Félix Román (IRG2 researcher) became the Director of the Center for Education and Training in Agriculture and Related Sciences (CETARS). Prof. Oscar Perales (IRG2 leader) is a Codirector of CETARS while Prof. O. Marcelo Suárez (CREST director) is senior personnel of the new Center. CETARS requested $3.2 M from the US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) to provide students from agriculture and related disciplines with tuition, fees, graduate research assistantships, and undergraduate research stipends. Funding will also be used to cover all expenses related to outreach activities and training and hands-on research experiences for talented K-12 students. This proposal is the result of an interdisciplinary and collaborative effort between UPRM Colleges of Agriculture, Arts & Sciences, and Engineering (through CREST) as well as five more Hispanic-serving institutions. All of CETARS education training activities are aimed at providing with innovative, high impact research training and education to students and faculty from underrepresented groups. This CETARS will establish and consolidate a pipeline attracting, retaining and graduating talented individuals while supporting their actual placement in agriculture-related positions. The new center is designed to benefit over 50 B.S., 5 M.S. and 3 Ph.D. students (at UPRM alone) and 2,400 individuals through its research and outreach activities.
Members of CETARS team

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