Life at USC
February 27 - March 3
USC Research Day 2017
University in Focus: Maintaining Relevancy and Sustainability in a changing higher education environment
Things to Remember
Sci-Tech Partners with Sagicor
Dr. Kethurah Williams Howell, Dean of the School of Sciences and Technology, has been able to partner with Sagicor Headquarters branch called Sagicor Visionaries Challenge to get 15 to 20 students in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th year from the School of Sciences and Technology to mentor secondary and high school students to develop effective, innovative and sustainable solutions to the challenges facing them. Entries are first evaluated and judged at the national level in each of the Challenge Countries, with the winning school in each country moving on to the regional competition. Representatives of national school winners and their respective teachers will also participate in a 7-day, all-expenses STEM Ambassador Programme to Florida in July 2016.
The Sagicor Visionaries Challenge is open to entries from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, St Lucia, Tampa (Hillsborough County) and Trinidad & Tobago.
Mentors are expected to:
- Provide assistance to those projects that are related to their discipline and are assigned to them, that is, oral presentations, written submissions, model creation
- Guide the team through the research stages of the project
- Have two face-to-face meetings with their teams in the initial stages, with two more face-to-face meetings before the Nationals. All other communication can be done via email, Skype, or telephone
- Be timely with their response to queries. No later than 48 hours after initial contact
- Be cognizant of the rules of the competition. These can be found at www.sagicorvisionaries.com
- Coach the winning school for the Regional competition to follow in July 2016
A monthly stipend of $2,500 will be provided to the mentors. The mentor of the winning project will receive an additional $2,500. Mentors will be invited to the Nationals.
This program has commenced this month, March 2016 and will end in April. So students will receive two months stipend in total.
This brings in a total of greater than $100,000.00 to the students which would assist them in paying their tuition, dorm fees or incidentals.
Dr. Kethurah Williams Howell (7th from left), Dean of the School of Sciences and Technology stands with Student Mentors outside the School of Sciences and Technology Building