Projects

  • English for Academic and Career Success in Agriculture
  • USDA/NIFA Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grant Award #2009-38422-19869
  • $249,753
  • P.I.: Catherine M. Mazak
  • Co-P.I.: Rosita L. Rivera
  • Co-P.I.: Judy Casey

  • Advancing English Language Learning for Food and Agricultural Science Majors
  • USDA/NIFA Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grant Award #2007-38422-18028
  • $240,000
  • P.I.: Catherine M. Mazak
  • Co-P.I.: Rosita L. Rivera

  • Life Histories of First-Generation-College-Student Return Migrants and Their Perceptions of English as Key to College and Professional Success
  • M.A.E.E. Thesis, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
  • Lisa Ortiz-Guzmán

  • Getting Used to Home: Social and Educational Experiences of Puerto Rican Transnational Youth
  • Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Arizona
  • Sandra Soto
  • This study explores the educational and social experiences of Puerto Rican transnational youth returning to Puerto Rico. Ethnographic case studies will be constructed through school observations and interviews with students, parents, peers and teachers to obtain nuanced understanding of the students' experiences. Puerto Rico is a peculiar setting to study transnationalism due to its particular sociopolitical relationship with the U.S. and Puerto Ricans' own national identity. Several factors, like the use of English, perceptions of peers and lack of information by school staff influence migrant students' experiences and adaptation processes. Phenomena related to transnationalism and education are commonly studied today, yet despite previous research on return migrant students on the island, no studies have used a transnational lens to analyze such experiences. This investigation will contribute to research on return migrant students in Puerto Rico taking into account the dynamics of transnationalism.