The University of Puerto Rico in Ponce (UPRP) MBRS Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement, UPR-PRISE, is a 5-year program that is funded under National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant #R25GM096955. The UPR-PRISE Program is intended to have a positive impact on UPR-Ponce freshman (first year) and sophomore (second year) students who have been admitted into the Department of Biology. The overall goal of this project is to provide academic, social, and scientific support to UPRP Biology students and so promote graduate studies in the Biomedical sciences. The specific aims of this project are oriented towards developing students, promoting responsible conduct in research, and emphasizing community-based learning. In addition, special attention is being paid to increasing college retention.
Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.