THE University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona says it will unveil its Post Graduate Wall of Excellence at this year’s staging of the UWI Mona Research Days (URD), from tomorrow through Friday at the Mona campus.
Eleven students will be featured on the wall of excellence.
Professor Denise Eldemire-Shearer, chair of the Research Days Steering Committee, is of the view that studies conducted by graduate and postgraduate researchers are just as relevant as those by renowned researchers featured at the annual URD exhibition, a release said yesterday.
“In addition to having the well-established academics exhibiting, there is an up-and-coming young group of researchers who will be more than capable to carry on the plan.
“We do feel that both the undergraduate and post-graduate contribution to research is very critical; even if they are not key authors, they are often the actual researchers. They are the ones that go out and collect the data, even for the seasoned academics. They are a very important part of the research culture of a university. So we figured that as we highlight research, we should also highlight student contribution,” Professor Shearer, who is campus coordinator, School of Graduate Studies and Research, is quoted as saying in the release..
The professor further explained that of the 11 students being featured on the wall of excellence this year, eight are Master of Philosophy (PhD) students who were recently awarded their degrees with high commendation. These were the top researchers of a pool of just under 50 postgraduate researchers, the release said.
They are: Jacqueline Coore-Hall, Heather Harewood, Althea Bailey, Shadae Foster, Karlene Bailey, Rickert Allen, Denneko Luke, and Kevin Blake.
The other three, all of whom are from the Department of Geography and Geology according to the release, are in the process of completing their degrees and received the Prime Minister’s Youth Award in 2017 for their contribution to academia and research.
They are: Anne-Teresa Birthright, whose research topic is on ‘The Vulnerabilities and Livelihood Experiences of Jamaican Speciality Coffee Farmers in a Changing Climate’; Shaneika Lester, who has shared studies surrounding ‘An Empirical Analysis of Urban Vulnerability and Water (In)Security in the Kingston Metropolitan Area’; and Sarah Buckland, whose research is based on ‘Investigating Seasonal Patterns of Drought occurrence across Micro-Climates: A Cross-sectional study of Clarendon, Jamaica’.
According to Birthright: “The UWI has always been a producer of creative and innovative minds. So, it is wonderful to be included among the cohort on the wall of excellence. What is more important, however, is acknowledging the important research that is taking place which seeks to address local, regional and global issues.”
The release said the PostGraduate Wall of Excellence will be given pride of place at the entrance of the research village.