Summer Intensive Program Exposes Caribbean Students to Science and Technology

The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) believes that the Region needs to create more technology-based companies and more high-paying technology jobs that bring in foreign exchange so we do not fall further behind in the global economic race. It is, therefore, imperative that we facilitate the preparation of our youngsters for the challenges ahead. The annual Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) is one of CSF’s initiatives with the long-term objective of helping to harness science and technology to diversify and further develop the economies of the Region.

The CSF is an independent, non-profit organization that is driven by the Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation (CADSTI) - see http://cadsti.org. The headquarters of the CSF are located on the UWI-Barbados campus, but the CSF is not a part of the UWI system. Key partners in the SPISE are the UWI-Barbados campus and the CXC. More specifics about the SPISE can be found at http://caribbeanscience.org/projects/spise.php

The CSF is an independent, non-profit organization that is driven by the Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation (CADSTI) – see http://cadsti.org. The headquarters of the CSF are located on the UWI-Barbados campus, but the CSF is not a part of the UWI system. Key partners in the SPISE are the UWI-Barbados campus and the CXC. More specifics about the SPISE can be found at http:// caribbeanscience.org/ projects/spise.php

SPISE is an intensive four-week enrichment residential summer program for Caribbean high-school students who are gifted in science and engineering, and interested in studying and exploring careers in these and related fields. The program is free of cost to all students. By immersing students into such an environment, the program helps to address the low numbers of Caribbean students pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering.

To select the students, we send their application folders to teams of reviewers in the Region and the Diaspora. These SPISE Admissions Committee members rank the students in their pool according to the program criteria and return their results to the CSF.

Dr. Larry L. Palmer, Ed.D, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, visited the demonstration, interacting with the students during the session as well as Professor Warde.

Dr. Larry L. Palmer, Ed.D, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, visited the demonstration, interacting with the students during the session as well as Professor Warde.

Selected students are then matched to the available sponsors. SPISE Admissions Committee members are not permitted to review applications of students from countries with which they have affiliations or for which they personally know the family members of the student.

Dr. Cardinal Warde, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been in Barbados working with students from across the region attending the 2013 Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) organized by the Caribbean Science Foundation.

Through a small grant the U.S. Embassy sponsored two students from Dominica to participate in this year’s program. This intensive, four-week summer program is for promising Caribbean high-school students who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. The goal is to help address the low numbers of Caribbean students pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering.

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