The 2013 Puerto Rico Interdisciplinary Meeting (PRISM) was held at ”Universidad del Turabo”. PRISM is the Island’s largest annual scientific forum for undergraduate and graduate STEM students to present their research projects to peers and faculty members.
The invited plenary speaker was Dr. Luis Echegoyen, Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry at University of Texas at El Paso. A BS and PhD. graduate from the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus.
Dr. Echegoyen’s research focuses on Fullerene electrochemistry, monolayer films, supramolecular chemistry, and spectroscopy; endohedral Fullerene chemistry and electrochemistry; carbon Nanonions, synthesis, derivatization and fractionation; and chemical and active caution transport through membranes.
Dr. Echegoyen offered a conference titled “Carbon Nanomaterials and Serendipity: the Inside and Outside Story” capturing the audience in ways not many people do. Attendance this year to the activity broke records of the past five years having more than 800 people attend and over 400 oral and poster presentations.
The PRISM provides vertical integration of the educational pipeline by bringing together secondary school students and teachers, undergraduate and graduate students from all STEM disciplines from all major institutions of higher education in Puerto Rico. Participants are encouraged to cross disciplinary lines by attending presentations and posters from other disciplines. Using the NSF sponsored GK-12 program, as fulcrum, 12 middle and high school teachers participated in a workshop related to the plenary talk given by Dr. Echegoyen.