Friday, July 30, 2010

Young Scientists Share Work at Eighth UVI Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

UVI students from left, Jeremiah Duffy, Benise Tavernier and Keturah McCrae explain their research project to UVI graduate student Lia Ortiz, at right.

Young scientists Jeremiah Duffy, Benise Tavernier and Keturah McCrae were among the more than 20 students presenting the results of recent research projects at the Eighth Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of the Virgin Islands on Friday, July 30. The trio’s subject, one close to the hearts of most Virgin Islanders, was titled “Studying the Historical Ethnoecology of the USVI-St. Thomas Fishing Community.”

Other projects covered a range of topics from traditional botanical remedies and mobile robotics to odd triperfect number problems and data mining. A complete list of the student participants and their research topics is available in the symposium’s program book, which is available at this link. The symposium was organized by the Emerging Caribbean Scientists Programs office in UVI’s College of Science and Mathematics. A news release is available on the UVI web site – – and from this direct link.

During the symposium, the University also presented certificates to 23 students who participated in UVI’s “Math Behind the Science” 2010 summer bridge program. These students were recent high school graduates, the majority of whom will attend UVI in the fall. The program is designed to enhance the mathematics preparedness of college-bound students who are interested in pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering, technology or medicine.

Some of UVI’s symposium participants gather for a group shot after Friday’s Eighth Annual Summer Research Symposium.

These students received certificates from UVI’s “Math Behind the Science” summer bridge program.