The mission of the Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) is to provide opportunities for students majoring in science, mathematics or engineering to apply research methods and techniques by working closely with faculty on challenging scientific problems.
The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is a 6-8 week non-residential research program open to UVI students majoring in science, mathematics or engineering. The length of the research experience will be agreed upon by the student and faculty mentor. Through a competitive selection process, students will be chosen and paired with faculty members doing research in an area of interest to the student. Each participant will receive a stipend of $2,500 for the summer. Program dates typically coincide with UVI's Summer Session II.
- Students are expected to meet with their mentors on a regular basis. The exact meeting times will be determined by the mentors.
- Students are expected to keep written documentation of their research.
- Students are expected to attend all meetings as scheduled by the SURE Coordinator.
- Students are expected to complete evaluation forms when required. This extends past the SURE program.
- Students will be required to present work at the Summer Research Symposium at the end of the program.
- Students are expected to participate in on and off campus research conferences. Ability to be funded to participate in off campus research conferences will be dependent on UVI Research Symposia participation.
- Students will participate in follow-up activities that relate to evaluation of this program. This may include responding to surveys about your experiences in the program, as well as your future career decisions.
- Students are expected to participate in the program full time, and thus should have no outside employment, and take no summer courses during the second summer session.
To be eligible for SURE, students:
- Must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Must apply to SURE
- Must apply to other off island research opportunities
- Must provide proof of US citizenship of permanent residence
How does one apply?
Submit a complete ECS application (available on the ECS Homepage) by February 28th. If there are any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the College of Science and Math - ECS Program by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 693-1249.
Funding for this program is provided through a grant from the National Science Foundation's HBCU-UP program. Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) promotes excellence in Science, Mathematics, Engineering or Technology fields, and through research experiences.
- 2 SURE-2007 participants received national research awards at the 2007 HBCU-UP National Conference in Washington, DC.
SURE 2011 Research Topics:
- Dr. B. Castillo, Chemistry, STX
- Dr. S. Ketcham, Biology, STX
- Mr. E. Douglas, Engineering, STX
- Dr. L. Brown, Chemistry, STT
- Dr. D. Iannucci, Mathematics, STT
- Dr. T. Turner, Marine Biology, STT
SURE 2010 Research Topics:
- Ms. J. Zedic, Engineering, STX, Engineering at Hovensa
- Dr. M. Boumedine, Computer Science, STT, Image Processing
- Dr. S. Case, Computer Science, STT, Mobile Robotics and Sensor Networks
- Dr. A. Dikou, Marine Biology, STT, Mechanisms of Coral-Algal Interactions
- Dr. D. Iannucci, Mathematics, STT, Odd Triperfect Number Problem
- Dr. S. Ratchford, Marine Biology, STT, Fireworm Food Location
- Dr. A. Stanford, Genetics, STT, Population Genetics and Genetic Diversity of Cock's-spur
- Dr. T. Turner, Marine Biology, STT, Habitat Preferences of Adult Long-spined Sea Urchins Diadema antillarum
- Dr. T. Zimmerman, Agriculture, STX, Papaya Seed Germination
SURE 2009 Research Descriptions:
- Dr. S. Ratchford, Marine Biology, STT, Reef-Dwelling Anemones and Crustacea
- Dr. S. Ketcham, Bioinformatics, STX, Analysis of Bioinformatic Approaches to Identifying Genes in Genomic DNA Sequence Data
- Dr. D. Nemeth, Marine Biology, STT,Ecological Relationships Between Reef Fish and Their Ectoparasites
- Dr. J. Gaskin, Mathematics, STT, Acceleration of Logarithmic Convergence
- Dr. D. Iannucci, Mathematics, STT, Number Theory: Weird Numbers
- Dr. M. Boumedine, Computer Science, STT, Reasoning under uncertainty with Bayesian networks for genome data analysis
- Dr. R. Hall, Marine Biology, STT
- Dr. R. Godfrey, Animal Science, STT
SURE 2008 Research Topics:
- Dr. T. Zimmerman, BioTechnology, STX, Extraction and Quantification of Starch Accumulation in Tissue Cultured Cassava
- Dr. T. Turner, Marine Biology, STT, Coral-Algal-Herbivore Interactions in Reef Ecosystems
- Dr. T. Turner, Marine Biology, STT, Survey of Virgin Islands Community Knowledge of Coral Reef Ecology and Behaviors
- Dr. O. Christian, Chemistry, STT, Total Phenolic Content in Breadfruit Leaf Tea Harvested at Various Stages of Maturity
- Dr. T. Smith, Marine Biology, STT, Population Dynamics, Disease, and Storm Impacts on the Threatened Caribbean Elkhorn Coral, Acropora Palmata
- Dr. T. Archibald, Chemistry, STT, Heavy Metals and Dangerous Hydrocarbons in VI Cisterns
- Dr. T. Archibald, Chemistry, STT, Fouling Release Marine Coating
- Dr. S. Ratchford, Marine Biology, STT, Anemone Symbiont Fidelity
- Dr. S. Ratchford, Marine Biology, STT, Land Crab Abundance Study
- Dr. R. Hall, Biology, STT, Neurophysiological Studies on the Effects of Temperature on the Performance of Small Neural Circuits Controlling Feeding in Caribbean Spiny Lobster
- Dr. N. Idrissi, Marine Biology, STT, The Effects of Human Impacts on the Distribution of the White-cheeked Pintail (Anas Bahamensis) in the USVI
- Dr. D. Nemeth, Marine Biology, STT, Fish Species are Susceptible to Monogenean Flatworm Ectoparasites