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March 2, 2012


2:00-7:00 pm - Registration


4:00-5:00 pm - The Art & Science of Effective Communication

                 Dr. C. Gita Bosch

                 Academic and Educational Consultant

                 (former Associate Dean, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and former Associate Dean, Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences)


5:15-7:00 pm Poster Session and Networking Activity



March 3, 2012


7:30-8:30 am- Second Day Registration


7:45-8:30 am- Networking Breakfast


8:30-9:00 am Welcome Ceremony

                SACNAS National Committee


9:00-9:30 am-SACNAS Session

                SACNAS National Committee


9:30-10:00 am - How to make the best out of a Regional Conference

Dr. Carlos Rios Velazquez and Ms. Mariela Martinez

SACNAS UPRM Advisor and President


10:00-10:15 a.m. Coffee Break


10:15-11:00 am- Concurrent Sessions


           Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program

           Dr. Arnaldo Diaz, University of Pennsylvania


           The Key to Success

Dr. Gita Bosch, Former Dean of Gerstner Sloan-Kettering School of Biomedical Sciences


           How to become the founder of a SACNAS Chapter

           Dr.Almaris Alonso, Food and Drug Administration

           Dr. Carlos Rios Velazquez, SACNAS UPRM Advisor


11:15-12:00 pm- Concurrent Sessions


           Converting a Resume to a Curriculum Vita

           Dr. Theresa Duello, University of Wisconsin-Madison


           Electroneuromedular Therapy

           Dr. Osvaldo E. Font, MD/PhD


           Internships at FDA and Harvard: The best of both worlds

           Dr. Almaris Alonso, Food and Drug Administration


12:00-1:30 pm- Conversation with Scientists Networking Lunch


1:30-2:15 pm- Concurrent Sessions


           Effective Time Management Skills Session

Dr. Gita Bosch, Former Dean of Gerstner Sloan-Kettering School of Biomedical Sciences


Considering Graduate School/Presenting Your Research

Dr. David Logue, Assistant Professor at UPR-Mayaguez


           PhD and MD/PhD Info Session

Panel: Dr. Arnaldo Diaz, Mr. Franklyn Rocha, Dr. Almaris Alonso


2:30-3:30 pm- Concurrent Sessions


           Personal Statement Session

           Dr. Theresa Duello, University of Wisconsin-Madison


           Summer Internship Opportunities

Dr. Vivian Navas, Assistant Professor at University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Mr. Franklyn Rocha, MD/PhD Candidate at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign


           Why MD/PhD combined Programs; options in UPR

Dr. Ilka C. Rios, MD/PhD – Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Puerto Rico


3:30-3:45 pm Coffee Break    


3:45-4:45 pm– Visit to laboratory facilities at UPR-Mayaguez


Concurrent Sessions:


Undergraduate research experiences: changing the gameplan

Dr. Nayda G. Santiago-Santiago, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, UPR-Mayaguez


Neurobiology and Academia: a pathway for a career in research

Dr. Annelyn Torres-Reveron, Nova Southeastern University at Ponce, P.R.


Advice on decisions to take when deciding between MD/PhD and PhD

Dr. Mildred Chaparro, MARC UPRM Program Director


5:30-6:30 pm- Closing Ceremony and Poster Session Awards