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Spotlight on Student Research

For Release Upon Receipt - Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Secondary school students from across the island can immerse themselves into the wide array of research conducted by their tertiary level counterparts and recent Cave Hill graduates when the university hosts a research symposium on Friday.

The UWI 70th Anniversary Student Research Symposium is a one-day, multi-disciplinary event which seeks to build bridges between the university and the community, as well as communicate the output of ground-breaking, student-led research, film and entrepreneurial endeavours.

The event is one of several taking place during The UWI Open Week: Academic and Arts Expo which starts tomorrow on campus. Presentations during the research symposium begin at 9:30 a.m. and will run until 6:15 p.m. in Lecture Theatre Two of the Roy Marshall Teaching Complex on campus.

The first panel will deal with Contemporary Issues in Management and Governance by delving into topics such as corporate governance in boards of directors in state owned enterprises and leadership and workplace bullying.

The day continues with Innovation & Ingenuity: Implications for Industry - Biofuels and Climate. Some of the scheduled presentations include: Production of Biofuels and Biochemicals from Sugarcane Bagasse by Dr. Jamila Jones and Creating a Better Understanding of the Effects of Climate Variables on Electric Load in Barbados by Adanna Robertson-Quimby and Andrea Sealy from the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology.

Innovation in Education is another area to be explored during the student research symposium. Sanielle Hinds, a recent graduate, will deliver a paper which evaluates the impact on the Barbadian tertiary education system following the introduction of tuition fee payments by Barbadian students studying at The University of the West Indies (The UWI). Meanwhile, Arifa Satnarine’s presentation will investigate the extent to which games and gamification can enhance the performance and learning process of basic-level Spanish language learning in adults.

Additionally, a multidisciplinary panel on Research for Public Health will stage a discussion on areas such as cultural relevance of social deficits in the diagnosis of Autism in children in Barbados, and the knowledge, attitudes and behavior of The UWI Cave Hill students aged18-25 years regarding Chlamydia infection and their preferred method of receiving Chlamydia awareness information.

The day of learning culminates with New Directions in Caribbean Scholarship and Innovation, and later, a Cultural Studies panel. In the final panel, Michelle Springer will deliver a presentation titled, Obeah’ & Women: Women, Culture and Heritage in Works by Barbadian Women Creatives, New Possibilities for Intangible Cultural Heritage Research’, and noted Spoken Word poet Adrian Green will present on “Academia at the Blunt and Cutting Edge of Culture.”

There will also be activities happening under the Big Tent which will be showcasing student research and innovation. These are: a panel on entrepreneurship hosted by the Student Entrepreneurial Empowerment Development (SEED) programme, and a seminar and screening with Jehroum Wood of Research and Some Sense.


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