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Public Invited to UVI Summer Research Symposium Set July 31

The St. Thomas community is invited to attend the Seventh Annual Summer Research Symposium at the University of the Virgin Islands. The symposium is slated for 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 31, in the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

More than 20 UVI student researchers will showcase their research on topics related to number theory, bacterial flora, St. Croix sheep population, orange cup coral, snapping shrimp, reef fish, flatworm parasite, DNA classification, and the Tabu search algorithm. The symposium is sponsored by the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) program of the Division of Science and Mathematics. Participating students are involved in UVI's HBCU-UP SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences) and SSRI (Summer Sophomore Research Institute) programs.

The symposium will also feature an awards ceremony for Summer Bridge2Calculus and Math Honors Workshop participants. Students involved in these programs were challenged to work individually and in groups to become "calculus ready."

These programs are funded by University of the Virgin Islands, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, and the Jones, Holloway & Bryan Foundation. ECS Programs strive to increase the number of students earning degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

For more information, contact Tannesia Petersen on the St. Thomas campus, at 693-1232 or visit the ECS website at