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Encouragement to become a scientist

Pacheco Leão (1914–1993) at Harvard in the early 1940s


An important initiative for encouraging the identification and development of new scientists is to be restarted. On December 2, FAPESP and the Brazilian Academy of Science (ABC) announced the reactivation of the Aristides Pacheco Leão program to stimulate scientific vocations. Created in 1994 in honor of the neurophysiologist from Rio de Janeiro and suspended in 2019 due to a lack of funds, the program aims to encourage science undergraduates to do internships at renowned Brazilian laboratories for up to 50 days during summer vacations. Set to last for five years and renewable for a further five, the agreement between FAPESP and ABC will allow 50 undergraduate students per year, from any teaching and research institution in the country and any field, to undergo training at a research laboratory. Candidates must be enrolled on an undergraduate course and taking part in a scientific initiation program. ABC members interested in receiving a scholarship must register for the program.