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Get Hooked for a Lifetime

Dear Students,

In her early 20s, Dr. Wanda Díaz-Merced was studying physics at the University of Puerto Rico when a prolonged illness caused permanent blindness, a seemingly career-ending turn of events. However, Dr. Díaz-Merced was hooked on physics and astronomy, so instead of giving up her passion, she began to think about "seeing" science in another way: through sound. It was through this intersection of persistence, passion, creativity, and science that Dr. Díaz-Merced gave the world a new burst of knowledge and lens for viewing the universe.

I invite you to get a taste of science in a new way through our very own TIDES Science Sprints. Science Sprints are one-day intensive events bringing together teams of CNS undergraduates to work on a meaningful science problem. Sprints are a great way to explore a STEM research area, build your résumé, and think creatively about science.

Science Sprints are also a great way to be introduced to The Inventors Program. This is a new opportunity for science and engineering undergraduate students who are interested in solving real world problems with the potential for commercialization. To get involved, sign up for the Fall Inventors Sprint.

Find something you're passionate about. Explore new ideas and new areas. Solve problems in a new way. It only takes a day to get hooked for a lifetime.

Best,
Dr. Vanden Bout

P.S. Want a chance at winning $20 in Bevo Bucks? Tell us what you did over the summer. Or come by PAI 5.03 to enter the drawing.

P.P.S. Check out Dr. Díaz-Merced's TED talk on seeing science through sound and learn more about her here.

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