Caribbean organization, CSF, appeals for sponsorship of STEM students

 

Caribbean students participating in SPISE program.

Caribbean students participating in SPISE program.

Carmen Glover

The ability for some students to participate in an annual immersion program, scheduled for July 18 to August 15 at the Barbados campus of the University of the West Indies, is in jeopardy, according to a letter from Cardinal Warde, MIT professor and interim executive director of the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF). The immersion program is geared towards Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers  In an effort to generate support for the students who cannot afford to participate in the program, Warde made an email appeal for sponsorship. The edited email appears below:

“Each summer the Caribbean Science Foundation CSF) offers the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) to the most gifted 16 and 17- year- old Caribbean students who are interested in pursuing careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. The goal of SPISE is to groom these youngsters to become the next generation of high-tech science and engineering leaders and entrepreneurs in the region.

Caribbean Science Foundation's logo.

Caribbean Science Foundation’s logo.

“The long-term overall goal of the CSF is to help diversify the economies of the region by stimulating more technology-based entrepreneurship, creating more high paying jobs, and thereby raising the standard of living of the people. SPISE uses the facilities of the campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill, Barbados. Key important partners for SPISE are the UWI – Cave Hill Campus, and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).

The purpose of this e-mail is to solicit a contribution in support of the five remaining students who are currently wait-listed for admission into the 2015 SPISE. This year we have capacity to serve 20 students. Fifteen students have already been fully sponsored into the 2015 SPISE, thanks to generous contributions so far from this year’s sponsors. The  five unfunded students are from Jamaica, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis and Grenada.

Participants in the SPISE immersion workshop.

Participants in the SPISE immersion workshop.

 

“The full cost of sponsorship for one student is US$ 6,000 plus round trip air travel to Barbados. With full sponsorship, we brand the student as the SPISE 2015 scholar of his/her sponsor.”

Online contributions can be made by credit card at the CSF Website (via CADSTI) at http://caribbeanscience.org/donation/. Checks made payable in US dollars or Barbados dollars to the Caribbean Science Foundation may be mailed to Caribbean Science Foundation, CARICOM Research Building, UWI Cave Hill Campus, St. Michael, Barbados, West indies By wire to: Bank Name: BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA
SWIFT Code: NOSCBBBB, Bank Key (bank + branch code): BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA (40055), Bank Address: Broad Street, Bridgetown, Barbados, Account Name: Caribbean Science Foundation, Account Number: 9013083.

SPISE participants.

SPISE participants.

SPISE is modeled after the well-known and highly successful MITES program at MIT (http://web.mit.edu/mites/) for which Professor Cardinal Warde also serves as the Faculty Director.  Please view the video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75UUowD7-oM, from SPISE 2012 to capture the real spirit of SPISE. More specifics about SPISE can be found at http://caribbeanscience.org/projects/spise.php. The CSF Website is http://caribbeanscience.org.

For more information about sponsorship, opportunities please contact Professor Cardinal Warde, Interim Executive Director of CSF at warde.csf@gmail.com, Tel. 617-699-1281–OnPointPress.net.

 

 

Panel discussion will tackle diversity in STEM careers, guide for parents

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New York, February 19, 2015: On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, during a 9:00 a.m. reception and 10:00 a.m. panel  discussion, STEM careers will be the topic on the lips of guests at the Elebash Recital Hall at The Graduate Center, located at 365 Fifth Avenue, 34th Street and 5th Ave.

The panel discussion is being hosted by the New York Urban League to commemorate the release of the Parent’s Guide to STEM. The discussion with expert panelists will feature opportunities for the audience to join the conversation to discuss how the corporate and public sector can prepare students for careers in a new economy.

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The panel will be moderated by Ben Chapman, education reporter of the  New York Daily News. Panelists and speakers include Bill Holiber, president and CEO of the  Daily News and NYUL Board Chairman; Commissioner Bill Chong of the Department of Youth and Community Development’ Arva Rice, president and CEO of the New York Urban League; Jay Hershenson, senior vice president of CUNY; Jim Gordon, group VP of corporate brand and reputation for Time Warner Cable; Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO for Partnership for NYC and Kimberley Downer who is a parent of NYUL’s NEXT Academy students.

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The goal of the Parent’s Guide to STEM is to help dispel common myths, connects STEM to everyday life, and provide a pathway for exploration of these fields. The target audience for this guide is caregivers with middle or high school students, who are not yet familiar with the growing career fields influenced by STEM.

The guide was published by the New York Urban League in partnership with The Daily News, US News & World Report, The City University of New York, the NYC Department of Education, the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development. It was made possible with the support of Time Warner Cable, Henry Luce Foundation, Google/Tide Foundation, News Corp, L’Oreal USA and NYC Council Member Inez E. Dickens.

To confirm your attendance to the event, rsvp@nyul.org or call 212-926-8000.-OnPointPress.net.

 

 

Annual Caribbean summer STEM program underway in Barbados

Students hard at work with their projects at SPISE.

Students hard at work with their projects during the summer SPISE intensive in Barbados.

Bridgetown, Barbados, July 27: Twenty one students have been participating in the annual month-long STEM summer intensive effective July 19 at the Barbados campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). The annual Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) is one of the flagship initiatives of the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) whose mission is to help harness science and technology for the diversification of the economies of the Caribbean.

Dr Maya Trotz of the Caribbean Science Foundation addresses students.

Dr Maya Trotz of the Caribbean Science Foundation addresses students.

This year the students will demonstrate their hands-on projects, and present their business plans and Mandarin skits at the conclusion of the program in a public forum on August 15. Another key feature of the SPISE is that post-SPISE graduates are assisted by the CSF with their university applications, and have the opportunity to participate in research internships organized by the CSF and Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation (CADSTI).

Students demonstrating their craft.

Students demonstrating their talents.

SPISE is an intensive four-week enrichment residential summer program for Caribbean high-school students who are gifted in STEM, not less than 16 and not more than 18 years of age on July 1, and who are interested in studying and exploring careers in these and related fields. SPISE graduates have been admitted to such prestigious universities as MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Duke and University of the West Indies (UWI). The CSF believes that one or more of these STEM superstars could create the “next Google” in the Caribbean or become the Region’s first Nobel laureate in science.

The governing committee of the Caribbean Research Foundation.

The governing committee of the Caribbean Research Foundation.

SPISE 2014 runs from July 19 to August 16 on the UWI-Barbados campus with 21 students from 11 countries (Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago). The cost of sponsorship is US$6,000 per student plus airfare. All students attend free of charge thanks to generous donations from the 2014 sponsors.

Students from Jamaica participate in the debate team at the Caribbean Science Foundation.

Students from Jamaica participate in the debate team at the Caribbean Science Foundation.

Key partners in the SPISE are UWI-Barbados, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and CADSTI. SPISE is modeled after the well-known and highly successful MITES program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (web.mit.edu/mites), and includes university-level courses in calculus, physics, biochemistry and entrepreneurship taught by eminent academic and industry scientists and engineers from the Caribbean and the U.S.

The CSF is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in Barbados and representatives in several other Caribbean countries. Please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75UUowD7-oM to view a video which captures the real spirit of SPISE. visit http://caribbeanscience.org/projects/spise.php for more information about the SPISE, or contact Prof. Cardinal Warde at warde.csf@gmail.com or 1-617-699-1281. Donations to the CSF can be made at http://caribbeanscience.org/donation.-OnPointPress.net.

Guyana to host Caribbean Science Foundation’s annual STEM conference

Student works in the biochemistry lab.

Student works in the biochemistry lab.

Georgetown, Guyana, November 25, 2013 – The third annual workshop of the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) will be held in Georgetown, Guyana between December 2-3, 2013, at the Grand Coastal Hotel. The theme for the workshop is “Stimulating Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Science and Engineering.” Students, teachers, lecturers, scientists, entrepreneurs and government officials from Guyana, the Caribbean region and the Caribbean Diaspora will be in attendance. The CSF, in collaboration with the Guyana Ministry of Education and the Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation (CADSTI), are the conference organizers.

The CSF was established in 2010 as an independent non-profit non-governmental organization with the mission of assisting with the diversification of the economies of Caribbean countries by promoting education reform in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), and stimulating more technology-based entrepreneurship. Ms. Petal Jetoo of the Guyana Ministry of Education has been instrumental in the planning and the hosting of this Workshop.  Ms. Jetoo also serves as the CSF representative for Guyana.

Participants in the Caribbean Research Foundation's Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering summer event.

Participants in the Caribbean Research Foundation’s Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering summer event.

At the opening of the workshop, Interim Executive Director of the CSF and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cardinal Warde, will provide an update on the CSF’s programs and activities in the Region.  The first day’s agenda will focus on topics of particular relevance to students and teachers.  These include CSF’s youth and educational programs: the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) and the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge.  Presentations by Guyanese students who participated in these programs are expected to be a highlight.

Also on the first day, a session will feature career opportunities in the STEM disciplines, comprising panel members from the Diaspora and the Region.  Dr. Didacus Jules, the registrar of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), will chair the session on “STEM teacher training.” The importance of “Entrepreneurship in the Region” will be chaired by Mr. Bowen Wells, former UK Minister of Parliament and a member of the CADSTI-CSF Honorary Governing Council.  A poster session will provide a forum for research presentations from the region.

Professor Cardinal Warde

Professor Cardinal Warde

On the second day, Guyanese students will receive practical training during specially designed micro- science workshops, courtesy of UNESCO.  The students will also have a chance to interact closely with both local and visiting academics during the “Stump the Professor” session. Reports from the CADSTI branches within the Diaspora (UK, New England, and the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the U.S.) will be provided, as well as reports from the Regional network of CSF representatives.

The session, “Guyana on the Move” will highlight science and technology in Guyana, and will be chaired jointly by Professor Maya Trotz of the University of South Florida (a native of Guyana) and Dr. Jeanese Badenock of the University of the West Indies, Barbados. The workshop of the CSF is anticipated to be an interactive forum highlighting exchange of information, ideas and experiences related to science and technology for students, teachers, the scientific and business communities, and government representatives.  Sponsors include UNESCO, OAS, CXC, Government of Canada, and the Ministry of Education of Guyana.  More information is available at http://caribbeanscience.org.–OnPointPress.net.