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Students Publish Anthology from Research Expedition's Findings

–ARET’s South American Field Research

2017-02-22 – Andrea S. Cato

USC’s Alpha Research Expedition Team (ARET), spearheaded by published author and USC lecturer, Mr. Harold Ramoutar, recently published an anthology of research entitled Scintilla of the Caribbean’s First People.

A team of eighteen USC students, along with Ramoutar, lived among indigenous peoples in Guyana’s interior for two weeks in August, 2016. They interacted with and observed the lifestyles of five indigenous tribes.

Education is not four years between four walls

This initiative sprung from Ramoutar’s view that “Tertiary education is more than staying four years between four walls.” The concept is that students live for some time, among people of other cultures. In order to participate in this research expedition, students must first prepare a research protocol, guided by anthropologist, Dr. Susan Chand of USC.

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Wanda Chesney, states that Ramoutar “should be commended for his initiative” in introducing students to “research as a practical exercise; taking away from the abstract process of learning, by engaging students in practical research.”

Contributors to the anthology include Biology majors, Renelle Cruickshank and Whitney Arneaud; Psychology major, Ananta Ramdeen; English majors, Cavielle McKenzie and Sharelle Lopes, as well as English graduate, David Springer; Theology major, Devon Charkoo, and Harold Ramoutar, who also conducted his own field research.

Copies of the anthology are available for purchase, from contributing students. Interested persons can contact Ramoutar.


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