Conference Schedule

Pre-Conference Activities:

* November 7th: NSF Grant Writing Workshop from 8am to 12pm

     - Workshop Materials: Merit Review Criteria (PDF)

     - Workshop Materials: Example Proposal (PDF)

     - Workshop Materials: Review Template (DOCX)

*Schedule Subject to change*


Thursday – Morning November 8

Students in Active Learning – Poster session


Welcome to Conference – warm welcome from Chancellor, Deans, etc at the entrance


Poster session from undergraduate students and faculty who have excelled in scientific research and entrepreneurship.


Welcome to the Conference.


Andrea Johnson – Introduction to the NSF Hispanic Serving Institutions Program


Rodolfo J Romañach – Conference Objectives – Why are we here?


Panel Discussion with students, Jose Lugo and Marilu Zapata moderators. 1. In what ways did the University prepare you well, 2. In what ways could the University have motivated you to be engaged in research or entrepreneurship.

12:15 PM

Take Home Messages from Students & Posters, Andrea Johnson, Minerva Cordero, L. Rashawn Farrior






From Classroom to Innovation Ecosystem:  Challenges and Opportunities


Ignite session:  How to Increase impact through Faculty Involvement, Dr. Sylvia Rodriguez Abudo, session chair



Expanding mentorship opportunities through Entrepreneurship and Innovation:

How to Encourage Students in Entrepreneurship, UPRM E-ship Network, Moraima De Hoyos and Maria Amador, School of Business, UPRM

Innovation in the Classroom and Research, Ubaldo Cordova, UPRM School of Engineering,




The Multidisciplinary Entrepreneurial Program for Innovation at the Universidad del Turabo, Sandra R. Pedraza, Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, PR

New Venture Design Experience (NVDE) curriculum and mentoring, José E. Lugo, Mari Luz Zapata, UPRM Schools of Engineering and Business

4:30 PM

Take Home Messages: Andrea Johnson, Minerva Cordero, L. Rashawn Farrior – Novel experiential learning in innovation ecosystems.







Friday – Morning November 9



Engagement of Undergraduate Students


Welcome to Day 2 – Rodolfo J Romañach


Undergraduate Research Participation is Associated with Improved Student Outcomes at UTEP, Lourdes Echegoyen, Director Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives, UT-El Paso


Transforming the Higher Education Ecosystem to Address the Workforce Needs in the Puerto Rico Bio-Economy, Rosa Buxeda, UPRM


Isar Godreau,  Undergraduate Research and Student Success: Best Practices of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute at UPR – Cayey


Partnerships for Innovation and GOALI to Increase Industry -University Collaboration - Fred Cannon, Professor of Environmental Engineering, Penn State University.


Wrap up Morning Session - Summary of Ideas.





Friday – Afternoon November 9

Increasing the Impact of HSI

1:30 PM

Juan Bauza, An Invitation to Universities to Participate in the Economic Development of Puerto Rico Through Disaster Recovery Efforts,

2:00 PM

Successes and challenges in working with Puerto Rico’s HSI in job creation and developing innovation ecosystems, Lucy Crespo, Puerto Rico Science Technology and Research Trust.

Presentation of Award Resuélvelo Boricua.

2:30 PM

Break Out Sessions – Carmen Bellido, Ph.D.

Breakout Sessions – Recommendations on Undergraduate Research & Experiential Learning, and propose novel experiential learning in innovation ecosystems.





Presentations from Teams

4:30 PM

Summary of Conference, – Andrea Johnson, Minerva Cordero, L. Rashawn Farrior, take home messages.

5:00 PM

Conference Ends