President's Report - Student Achievements - Reported March 2014
Kevin Dixon in Washington, DC
, Student Government Association President on the Albert A. Sheen Campus, was selected as a White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) All-Star. The White House Initiative on HBCUs announced its first class of HBCU All-Stars, recognizing 75 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement. The purpose of this program is to recognize outstanding student leaders and empower them to be advocates for academic success and excellence. Currently enrolled at 62 HBCUs, the All-Stars were selected from 445 students who submitted completed applications that included a transcript, resume, essay, and recommendation. Former UVI student, Shereena Cannonier, who attends Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, was also selected as an HBCU All-Star. [Blog Story] [News Release]
Kimberly Sablon, who received her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and an Associates in Science in Physics from UVI in 2003, and earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Arkansas in 2009, was awarded the Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) 2013 Award for Science. Her award citation recognizes "...her exceptional efforts in the research and development of an entirely new quantum dot solar cell technology leading to the next generation of small, highly efficient and portable power generation devices...These recent discoveries and the development of this disruptive technology are changing the landscape in which the scientific community addresses this alternative energy solution..." The citation goes on to recognize her "...breakthrough as fundamental and applied research, resulting in international recognition of ARL's energy program..."
Congratulations are in order for students (Shaylah Anthony, O'Kiema Dedier, Heather Horner, Garvin Penn and Carlison Stedman) in Dr. Glenn Metts’ class who earned a Global Top 100 ranking for their company's global Business Strategy Game (BSG) performance. They achieved the highest top 100 finish ever at UVI.
MMES students currently hold positions at the VI Department of Fish and Wildlife, the US National Park Service, and the VI Coastal Zone Commission.
Two MMES graduates started Ph.D. programs this Fall.
A team of representatives from the U.S. Virgin Islands attended the 23rd National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF-EPSCoR) National Conference in Nashville, TN. The delegation included four UVI undergraduate and graduate students and the U.S. Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress. During the conference, the students participated in a program consisting of a Communicating Science Workshop and an America’s Scientist Idol competition. The USVI students were among the six finalists in the America’s Scientist Idol competition.
During the month of November 2013, Dr. John Hill and Francis JnoLewis, a graduate student in the School of Education, initiated a series of professional development seminars for the faculty and staff of the St. Thomas Seventh Day Adventist School on St. Thomas/St. John. The workshops focused on “Improving Teacher Performance in the Classroom”.
In November 2013, students in EDU 350/Educational Technology and EDU 452/Student Teaching, led by Dr. Rita Howard and Instructor Yasmin Salem presented poster sessions to the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) team. These posters displayed student work in the areas of technology in the elementary classroom and teacher Work Samples: An Instructional Model. Other posters displayed graduate student classroom-based research done in EDU 600/Thesis.
Reika Audain, Psychology Major, participated in an Internship at the Washington Center in Washington, DC. Funding for this program was provided by the 30th Legislature of the VI and Governor deJongh.
Sixteen UVI students presented their research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students at Nashville, TN in November 2013. Lavida Brooks was selected to give an oral presentation.
Examples of presented papers:
“Vertical Chlorophyll Profiles in Salt River Bay and Bioluminescent Mangrove Lagoon, St. Croix US Virgin Islands.” Jeffers, G., Martin, J., Zimberlin, M., Pinckney, J. Reale-Munroe, K. and Castillo, B. F. II. Presented at Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) 2013, Nashville, TN
“Comparative Study of Nutrient and Chlorophyll Content in Salt River Bay and Bioluminescent Mangrove Lagoon, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.” Joseph, L., Martin, J., Jeffers, G., Nisbett, K., Reale-Munroe, K. and Castillo, B. F. II. Presented at Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) 2013, Nashville, TN
In September 2013, accompanied by two faculty members, nine UVI students presented poster presentations at the Ana G. Méndez University System (AGMUS) Conference 2013, San Juan, PR.
Example of presented papers:
“Comparative Study of Nutrient Content in Salt River Bay and Bioluminescent Mangrove Lagoon, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.” Martin, J., Nisbett, K., Jeffers, G., Joseph, L., Reale-Munroe, K. and Castillo, B. F. II. Presented at Ana G. Méndez University System (AGMUS) Conference 2013, San Juan, PR