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UVI’s 12th Annual St. Croix Spring Student Research Symposium Set March 22

The College of Science and Mathematics invites the UVI community and the general public to attend the 12th Annual Spring Student Research Symposium. The symposium will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at UVI’s Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

The goal of the symposium is to showcase student research with faculty at the University of the Virgin Islands, as well as at other institutions. Approximately thirty undergraduate students will be making poster presentations to display the results of their research experiences. UVI students at both campuses conduct research with faculty during the summer and the academic year.

On St. Croix, Dr. Thomas Zimmerman mentors several students from a variety of majors at the Agricultural Experiment Station. Last summer on St. Thomas, a UVI junior marine biology major worked with a research group led by Dr. Paul Sikkel from Arkansas State University, hosted at the Center for Marine and Environmental Science. In addition, several students traveled off-island to institutions across many states in the mainland, including Marshall University in West Virginia, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 The symposium is a collaborative effort between the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Program and the College of Science and Mathematics. The mission of the ECS Program is to increase research training and promote excellence for students majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), psychology and nursing at UVI. The program provides opportunities for student research through funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and private donors. 

For more information about ECS, visit the program’s website at  For details about the symposium, contact Dr. Velma Tyson on St. Croix at (340) 692-4157 or via e-mail at or Aimee Sanchez on St. Thomas at (340) 693-1249 or via e-mail at