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Early Research Experiences in STEM-C for K-14 Students

Investing in the next generation of researchers.

Welcome to Scientific Caribbean Foundation, Inc.

History of Scientific Caribbean Foundation (SCF)

The experience of being the Principal Investigator of the Model Institutions for Excellence (MIE), a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project at Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) in San Juan, Puerto Rico let Dr. Juan F. Arratia  understand the value of introducing early research experiences in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM-C) fields into the curriculum of high school students.  The Saturday Research Academy (SRA) was designed as a pipeline for economically disadvantaged minority students at UMET.  We impacted thousands of high school students for the period of the MIE grand and with other NSF grants like, Caribbean Computer Center for Excellence (CCCE) and AGMUS Institute of Mathematics.  The SRA become a NSF best practices and the President of the US awarded the 2006 US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics  and Engineering Mentoring in the White House to Dr. Juan F. Arratia.   On March 29, 2013, Scientific Caribbean. Foundation was registered  as a non-profit educational organization by the Puerto Rico Department of State.

Our Mission and Vision

The Mission of the SCF is  to continue the legacy of the MIE best practices and specially the Saturday Research Academy in Puerto Rico, Islands of the Caribbean, countries of the Americas and around the world.  The vison is to support economically  disadvantaged minorities with research experiences in STEM-C fields and produce a pipeline for them into research careers at universities and research centers around the world.


Juan F. Arratia, PhD

President and Founder

Scientific Caribbean Foundation, Inc.

12 Camino Francisco Rivera, San Juan,

Puerto Rico 00926-9220


Former Positions and Associations:

Former Director and Principal 

NSF funded projects: MIE, CCCE, Puerto Rico Laser, AMISR, AGMUS Institute of Mathematics, REU-Arecibo Observatory, Deputy Director Administration of Arecibo Observatory, PI ZORs and Director of US Department of State Grants.

2006 US Presidential Award  for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.



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Thank you for choosing to support SCF.


Continual financial support will power every aspect of education and research at our foundation. Please join us to fund research activities for economically disadvantaged minorities.


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Scientific Caribbean Foundation, Inc.

Address: 12 Camino Francisco Rivera, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00926-9220


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Account: Scientific Caribbean Foundation

Bank: Banco Popular de Puerto Rico

Bank code: 021502011.

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