Scientists and students from UVI and the College of Charleston are investigating the rainfall patterns and distribution across the varied microclimates of St Thomas. Data from weather stations installed around St Thomas (and at the Etelman Observatory) are collected and stored at Etelman Observatory for processing and analysis. The ongoing project seeks to understand better how rainfall events progress across the St Thomas island and how they effect erosion patterns on the island.
Undergraduate Research Experience Opportunities
Undergraduate students from UVI and the College of Charleston operate the 0.5m VIRT, analyze and interpret the VIRT data, and study data from other science projects ongoing at Etelman Observatory including the rainfall monitoring program. These research experiences are invaluable in teaching the hands-on techniques of scientific problem-solving and analysis and provide research experience which is a highly coveting component of bridge program and graduate school applications.
Bachelor of Science in Physics:
If you are interested in learning more about the B.S. in Physics with concentration in Astronomy, please contact any of the Physics faculty (in particular astronomy courses like PHY271/371 and Gen. Ed. courses).
Prof. D. Morris: email@example.com
Prof. D. Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. A. Cucchiara: email@example.com
Prof. J. Staff: firstname.lastname@example.org