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St. Croix Campus Hosts Seventh Annual Spring Research Symposium

The St. Croix community is invited to attend the Seventh Annual Spring Research Symposium sponsored by the Emerging Caribbean Scientists program (ECS) of the Division of Science and Mathematics at the University of the Virgin Islands. The two-hour special event will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the UVI Great Hall's Northwest Wing.

The Spring Research Symposium gives UVI students the opportunity to showcase their research to the St. Croix community. This academic year, ECS scholars won awards for their research when competing against top students from hundreds of universities at such national conferences as HBCU-UP and ABRCMS. One of these students, Howard Forbes, who conducted his research at the St. Croix Agricultural Experiment Station with Dr. Thomas Zimmerman, won best poster award at the ABRCMS Conference this fall. Forbes will present his work at the Spring Symposium in his poster entitled, "The Influence of red mud and stabilized red mud on seed germination and plant growth."

Other students will present their national and local research on topics such as seed germination, coral reefs, weather modeling, life satisfaction, folk medicine, cistern water quality, GPS algorithms, and shrimp fertility.

During Saturday's symposium, the student presenters will be judged on their visual material, content, presentation, and ability to answer questions. A diversified combination of professionals including high school science and mathematics teachers, research scientists, engineers and UVI faculty have been invited to serve as judges.

Teachers and parents are urged to encourage students, particularly at the junior high and high school levels, not to miss the opportunity to experience this academically stimulating event. The UVI Saturday Academy students will be in attendance, and all UVI students, as well as the entire VI community, are cordially invited to attend. Abstract booklets will be available for attendees.

Information about UVI's SummerBridge2Calculus and Math Honors Workshop summer programs for high school juniors and seniors will also be available.

For more information, contact Dr. Velma Tyson on the St. Croix campus, at 692-4157 or visit the ECS website at