The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) promotes the development of the Territory's science and technology resources through multi-disciplinary research and educational programs. 

VI-EPSCoR achieves these goals by supporting research in areas of scientific inquiry linked to the Territory's economic development …

  • by improving research infrastructure to strengthen competitiveness, 
  • by increasing student participation in science and technology in order to build a skilled workforce, 
  • and by building partnerships between government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to create a foundation of research and development for economic growth.  

VI-EPSCoR's vision is to develop the territory's scientific capacity in support of economic development by drawing upon and strengthening the territory's physical and human resources for scientific study. A key to developing the territory's science capacity is through stimulating research that in turn provides educational opportunities for students and faculty alike. 

VI-EPSCoR Welcome's a New Director

Dr. Thessalenuere (Thess) Bernard joins the University of the Virgin Islands in the dual role of Director for the VI-EPSCoR program, and Director for the Caribbean Green Technology Center.  Dr. Bernard brings a wealth of expertise, having served as an Associate Director of a CDC funded grant in the Office of Community Health and Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; at Rutgers University as the Assistant Director for a National Science Foundation funded ADVANCE-IT program; at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore as Associate Research Director/Visiting Associate Professor for the School of Agricultural and Natural Science; at the University of Kentucky as an Extension Specialist for special projects in the School of Human Environmental Sciences; and as Assistant Professor/Research Scientist in the School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University. We are pleased to have her at the helm.

VI-EPSCoR Director Dr. Thessalenuere (Thess) Bernard

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Phone: St. Thomas (340) 693-1422 - St. Croix (340) 692-4003  |  Web: epscor.uvi.edu  |  Email: ndrayton@uvi.edu

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