Young Scientist Honored for Outreach to Latinos


The Coalition for Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) has awarded Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer, Ph.D., vice-director and news editor or Ciencia Puerto Rico the second annual Paul Shin Award.
“For the past seven years, Mónica has dedicated 20-30 hours a week of unpaid work to Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), a non-profit grassroots organization that promotes science, research and scientific literacy in Puerto Rico, all while working toward (and obtaining) her PhD in neuroscience at Harvard University,” according to an article in Scientific America. Ciencia Puerto Rico is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting science, research and science education in Puerto Rico and among Hispanics in the U.S.
Feliú-Mójer explains, “I love the lab bench, but through Ciencia Puerto Rico I’ve realized that my true passion lies in outreach, communicating science and making it available to everyone.”
Feliú-Mójer is most excited to share her passion of science with others who are equally as passionate, and who want to make a difference in their community. She will attend the COPUS 2013 Invitational from April 12-14 in Monterey, CA, receiving a $500 cash prize and recognition plaque, while taking part in science outreach networking and educational events. COPUS seeks to engage and increase a public understanding of the scientific world through discussions and networking.  You can read more about the COPUS by clicking