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Student Winners of UVI’s Spring Research Symposium Announced; Participants Recognized

UVI’s College of Science and Mathematics and Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Program have announced the top three winners of the 12th Annual Spring Research Symposium held on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix on March 22. The winners are: Shelsa Marcel, who took first place for research into “Trail Tracking and Map Creation without GPS Usage;” Serena Joseph, who took second place for her presentation on “Evaluating Physiology and Behavior of Hair Sheep Ewes at Weaning;” and Nichole Etiene, in third place, with research on “Mathematical Modeling and Control of Co-transmitting Soil-Transmitted Helminthes.”

Symposium organizers praised the efforts of the more than 30 undergraduate students who presented scientific posters detailing their research during the symposium. Dr. Velma Tyson, a professor of mathematics on St. Croix, said the day provided “an excellent experience and a source of motivation for the local students to see real scientific research at a high quality, and talk one-to-one with student researchers who win national awards for their research presentations. “UVI and this community should be very proud of the accomplishments of the various students who have been involved in these research activities over the years,” said Dr. Tyson.

 A list of all presenters and details about their research is featured in the 2014 Symposium Abstract Booklet. It is available online from the ECS web page – – and from this direct link. Photos from the symposium are featured on the ECS Facebook page