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                                       The iconic University of Puerto Rico Tower. | Photo by Ramon82 via Flickr.

As one of the leading research institutions in Puerto Rico, the University of Puerto Rico has the largest and most diverse academic offerings on the Carribean island.

Home to the majority of the island's specialized research facilities and equipment, the university is a natural hub for graduate education and a major contributor to the pool of highly skilled personnel increasingly in demand by Island business, industry and government sectors.
Miguel A. Muñoz, the president of the University of Puerto Rico, recently announced the development of 11 renewable energy and energy conservation projects made possible in large part by $1.6 million dollars of Recovery Act funding.   
"Our university has always been a leader in developing and implementing projects that benefit our environment and are part of our economic development. These projects help the environment, allow greater independence from fossil fuels, boost the economic development of the island and improve the quality of life of our people."   
Thanks in part to the Energy Department, the island’s primary teaching institution will be able to reduce its energy costs by $230,000 annually, in addition to producing some of its own energy. If you know Spanish or utilize an automated translation tool, you can learn more about the University of Puerto Rico’s efforts to save energy and money and the Recovery Act grant by checking out this recent article from the university’s website. 
The University of Puerto Rico is currently featured as the OSTI .EDUconnections Spotlight. The school was chosen for its deep commitment to social and economic development, to increasing the competitiveness of the island and for the work it does with its partners in research. The university provides numerous research opportunities for students -- including the Mayagüez High Energy Physics Group that is funded by the Energy Department’s Office of Science. Currently, this group is working in the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland.
Visit the university’s website to learn more about their research and the work they do to build a brighter future for Puerto Rico. Each month, the Office of Scientific and Technical Information features individual universities with connections to Energy Department scientific research programs. Visit the website for examples of universities that are supporting and advancing scientific research and discovery. You can find related research documents here