REDNACECYT-MD4SG 2023 Summer of Science Program

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The goal of the Summer of Science Program is to support female students from indigenous communities in Mexico as they design and execute research projects aimed at improving their local communities. Applicants to the program are students at various levels of postgraduate education, and they prepare proposals aimed at using techniques from algorithms, optimization, and mechanism design, along with insights from the social sciences and humanistic studies to address relevant issues in their communities. Students who are accepted to the program are paired with mentors from MD4SG to work through their projects over the Summer. The end deliverable of this collaboration between mentors and students is a poster presentation which the students give at the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Equity and Access in Algorithms, Mechanisms, and Optimization (EAAMO).

The previous iteration of the program, the "COPOCYT-MD4SG Summer of Science" accepted 8 female indigenous students from the Huasteca region of San Luis Potosí, Mexico to present posters at EAAMO '22 which took place at George Mason University in the United States. The students were from Tének and Nahuatl-speaking communities and their projects spanned the broad themes of: preservation of indigenous language/culture, affordable housing, and equitable access to healthcare for indigenous communities.

This year's Summer of Science Program is a partnership between the Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG) research initiative and the National Network of Councils and State Organizations of Science and Technology (REDNACECYT).

We are thrilled to announce that this year we have accepted 20 female students overall from the states of Michoacán, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Estado de México, Veracruz, Puebla y San Luis Potosí. The students are members of 11 indigenous communities overall (Cuanajo, Purépecha, Mixteco, Tepehuan, Rarámuri, Mazahua, Zapoteca, Náhuatl, Tének, Mazateca and Zoque). The projects proposed by these students cover a wide array of topics, including (amongst others): understanding and improving collective decision-making in indigenous communities, preserving indigenous culture and identity, providing equitable healthcare and housing, and understanding perceptions of environmental policy in local indigenous communities.

  • June - July: Call for proposals published by REDNACECYT
  • Late July: Students are notified on whether their proposals are accepted to Summer of Science
  • Early August: Students are paired with mentors from MD4SG
  • Early August - Mid October: Students meet regularly with MD4SG mentors and prepare poster for presentation at EAAMO '23
  • Mid September: Information session with Fullbright program officers regarding scholarship opportunities in the U.S.A.
  • October 30 - November 1st: Participation at EAAMO '23 at Boston University
    • Poster session date/time TBA
  • November 2nd: Summer of Science workshop to be held at Harvard University
    • Events include: seminars and tutorials from researchers at Harvard University, guided visit of the University, visits to research labs, and social events with students and student groups. Further details to be announced closer to the date.

María Guadalupe García Alonso

State: Michoacán
Student Status Student of Master of Science in Rural Development at U. Autónoma de Chapingo
Project Overview: Perception and social participation in the environmental restoration programs of the basin of Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán
Supervisor: Diego M. Macall
Indigenous Community: Cuanajo

Viridiana Camacho Pánfilo

State: Michoacán
Student Status: In the process of admission to postdoctoral program
Project Overview: The Purépecha Indians and the status of father of a family. The actors and the political practice of the Purépecha peoples of Michoacán in the first half of the 19th century.
Supervisor: Francisco Marmolejo-Cossio
Indigenous Community: Purépecha

María Rosario Niniz Silva

State: Michoacán
Student Status: PhD student in Social Sciences in Rural Studies at El Colegio de Michoacán
Project Overview: Acquired disability, family dynamics and gender repositioning in a context of transnational migration. The case of Purépecha migrants in the United States
Supervisor: Agnes Medinaceli
Indigenous Community: Purépecha

Ofelia López Mejía

State: Sinaloa
Student Status: Postdoctoral student in Law Sciences at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa
Project Overview: Indigenous women and political representation in the municipality of Elota, Sinaloa
Supervisor: Flor Gerardou and Blanca Moran
Indigenous Community: Mixteco

Rosa Adriana Rivas Castillo

State: Chihuahua
Student Status: Bachelor's student intending to pursue a master's degree next year
Project Overview: Impact of violence on mental health for the Rarámuris women of the Sierra Tarahumara in Chihuahua
Supervisor: Alejandro Quiroz
Indigenous Community: Tarahumara y Tepehuan

Argelia Contreras Aguirre

State: Chihuahua
Student Status: Admitted to the master's degree in Intercultural Education from the National Pedagogical University of Chihuahua
Project Overview: Address some needs around artistic education
Supervisor: Cristina Gorrostieta
Indigenous Community: Rarámuri

Alma Benita Cruz González

State: Estado de México
Student Status: Master's student in Social Medicine
Project Overview: Traditional medicine in the health services of CESSA, Amealco, through intercultural health.
Supervisor: Alicia Prieto Langarica
Indigenous Community: Mazahua

Flor Ángel Pérez Sánchez

State: Veracruz
Student Status: In the process of admission to a Master's Degree in Tropical Ecology at CITRO
Project Overview: Socio-environmental perception of the Tehuantepec Isthmus Interoceanic Corridor project in the Ubero to Mogoñe section, Oaxaca.
Supervisor: Tilsa Oré Mónago
Indigenous Community: Zapoteca

Yasmín Cruz Cruz

State: Veracruz
Student Status: Master's student in Administrative Engineering at TNM
Project Overview: Development of a mobile application and analysis with data mining for the detection of the autism spectrum
Supervisor: Santiago Correa Cardona
Indigenous Community: Náhuatl

Yésica Gómez Hernández

State: Puebla
Student Status: In the process of admission to the Doctorate in Educational Research at the Autonomous University of Tlaxcala
Project Overview: Being a woman, indigenous and scientific: an analysis of academic and professional trajectories based on ethnic, linguistic and gender conditions.
Supervisor: Dr. Angel Garcia
Indigenous Community: Náhuatl

Edna Marlene Martínez Hernández

State: San Luis Potosí
Student Status: Student of the Master of Science in Public Health at UANL
Project Overview: Communication barriers and challenges in health education about COVID-19 in indigenous communities of the Huasteca Potosina.
Supervisor: Michelle González Amador
Indigenous Community: Tének

Leydi Rojas Martínez

State: San Luis Potosí
Student Status: Student of the Master of Science in Public Health at UANL
Project Overview: Accessibility to health services during the COVID-19 pandemic in indigenous communities of the Huasteca Potosina.
Supervisor: Salvador Ruiz Correa
Indigenous Community: Tének

Anai Domingo Martínez

State: San Luis Potosí
Student Status: Master's student in Public Health at UASLP
Project Overview: An met'antalab, ¿jant'ey a exlal?: evaluation of an educational intervention for indigenous adolescents about the level of knowledge about the Human Papilloma Virus.
Supervisor: Lucas Gomez Tobon
Indigenous Community: Tének

María Guadalupe Márquez Hinojosa

State: San Luis Potosí
Student Status: Master's student in Public Health at UASLP
Project Overview: Level of knowledge about HPV in a Nahuatl-speaking indigenous population after an educational intervention
Supervisor: Dra. Areli Vázquez Juárez
Indigenous Community: Tének

Iridiana Salinas Hernández

State: San Luis Potosí
Student Status: Master's student in Accounting at UANL
Project Overview: Economic inequality is an obstacle to a better quality of life in the families of the community of Itztacapa Xilitla S.L.P.
Supervisor: Imelda Flores Vazquez
Indigenous Community: Náhuatl

Idalia Rojas Martínez

State: San Luis Potosí
Student Status: In the process of admission to the specialty in advanced clinical nursing
Project Overview: Inclusion of mother tongue-speaking nurses for the care of indigenous peoples of the Huasteca Potosina in the second and third level of care
Supervisor: Alejandro Robinson-Cortés
Indigenous Community: Tének

Claudia Martínez Martínez

State: San Luis Potosí
Student Status: Master's student in International Relations at UANL
Project Overview: The perception of indigenous women from the Huasteca Zone in the Tének Region, S. L. P. regarding access to higher education in Mexico
Supervisor: Rubén Martínez Cárdenas
Indigenous Community: Tének

Adriana Santiago Marcelino

State: San Luis Potosí
Student Status: Master's degree in Human Rights at UASLP
Project Overview: Evaluation of the rights of children in Education and health in the indigenous community
Supervisor: Rubén Martínez Cárdenas
Indigenous Community: Tének

Celeste Cristal Flores Cuevas

State: San Luis Potosí
Student Status: Graduated from the master's degree in sustainable water management at El Colegio de San Luis
Project Overview: Between community and cultural management of water in Loma Chapultepec, Huautla, Oaxaca
Supervisor: Egidio Tentori
Indigenous Community: Mazateca

Martha Yadira Jiménez Estrada

State: Chiapas
Student Status: Master's student in Intercultural Studies
Project Overview: Through my project "Orality: Biocultural Heritage of the Zoques," I aim to create bilingual stories in both Zoque and Spanish, using written and audio-visual formats, to preserve our community's oral traditions and encourage language learning, thereby enriching our cultural heritage.
Supervisor: María Ana Chavana Villalobos and Jorge Garcia Ponce
Indigenous Community: Zoque

The following mentors are also the main organizing team from MD4SG facilitating the Summer of Science program. Full list of mentors:
The National Network of Councils and State Organizations of Science and Technology, A.C., known as REDNACECYT, was established on November 23, 1998, in Guanajuato by Coahuila, Durango, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas.

REDNACECYT has played a significant role in advancing science, technology, and innovation in Mexico. It serves as an organization that unites diverse entities with a shared focus on these areas. It stands out not only for fostering collaboration among entities with distinct objectives related to science, technology, and innovation, but also for actively shaping policies and their application to development in coordination with federal entities.

Initially, REDNACECYT was formed as a platform for discussing programs and initiatives that promote scientific research, technological development, and innovation at the federal level. It facilitates interactions among members and fosters coordination with academia, government, social, and business sectors to shape public policies.

In its early years, REDNACECYT concentrated on national discussions, particularly on federal and state legislation related to science and technology. Over time, it shifted its focus toward federalizing the promotion of scientific and technological activities, maintaining a continuous exchange of best practices and driving the establishment of new councils and similar bodies.

Sinceits inception, REDNACECYT has steadily grown its membership and actively engaged in a wide array of forums. This engagement spans governmental agencies, legislative and executive bodies, federal and state powers, as well as non-governmental organizations.

As REDNACECYT reaches its 20th anniversary, amid a dynamic national and global landscape, it stands as a consolidated force that brings together stakeholders in the scientific, technological, and innovation sectors.

The following individuals from the REDNACECYT network have been instrumental in establishing the Summer of Science collaboration with MD4SG and obtaining financial support for our students to attend EAAMO.
  • Dra. Rosalba Medina Rivera
    • Director of REDNACECYT
    • Director of the Council of Science and Technology of the state of San Luis Potosí (COPOCYT)
  • Mtro. Raúl Varela Tena
    • Director of the Institute of Innovation and Competitiveness of the state of Chihuahua (I2C)
  • Dr. Bernardo Jorge Almaraz Calderón
    • Director of the Council of Science and Technology of the state of Mexico (COMECYT)
  • Dra. Alejandra Ochoa Zarzosa
    • Director of Institute of Science, Technology and Innovation of the state of Michoacán de Ocampo (ICTI)
  • Dr. Victoriano Gabriel Covarrubias Salvatori
    • Director of Council of Science and Technology of the state of Puebla (CONCYTEP)
  • Dr. Carlos Karam Quiñones
    • Director of the General Coordination for the Promotion of Scientific Research and Innovation of the state of Sinaloa (CONFÍE)
  • Dr. Darwin Mayorga Cruz
    • Director of the Council of Scientific Research and Technological Development of the state of Veracruz (COVEICYDET)