NEWSLETTER October 4, 2003
Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
Virgin Islands EPSCoR hears from National Science Foundation
After one year of planning, funded by a planning grant from the National Science Foundation, the
University of the Virgin Islands, on behalf of VI-EPSCoR, submitted a grant proposal to the
National Science Foundation's EPSCoR Program on July 17th, 2003. The complete plan
requested $7 million from NSF in support of research infrastructure improvement in the Virgin
Islands. With the input from many entities from the Virgin Islands community, and the advice
from a board which included representatives from the Virgin Islands public and private sector, and
representatives from EPSCoR programs in Puerto Rico and Kansas, VI-EPSCoR formulated a
plan that would emphasize research in the biocomplexity in Caribbean reef coral, and research in
K-12 mathematics education in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
We are proud of the effort that the final submission represented. VI EPSCoR is the only
jurisdiction in which the EPSCoR program is hosted by an institution that is primarily
undergraduate. The Virgin Islands is also the smallest participating EPSCoR jurisdiction.
The proposal was reviewed by a panel in late August, and we anxiously awaited word. On
Tuesday, September 29 we learned from our program officers at NSF that the NSF review panel
has recommended that VI-EPSCoR be funded at a total of no more than $4 $4.5 million over
four years. Though at a reduced funding level, this is quite a feat. It is unusual for EPSCoR
jurisdiction to receive funding on their first submitted proposal. Our proposal will require some
revisions to accommodate this and other recommendations made by the panel. Revisions will be
made during the remainder of October.
VI EPSCoR welcomes new EPSCoR Coordinator
After performing the Herculean task of coordinating the submission of the VI EPSCoR grant
proposal, Professor Roy Watlington stepped down as EPSCoR coordinator to return to the
Division of Science and Mathematics, where he now coordinates the Science 100 program,
affecting each UVI student in their freshman year. He will be returning to VI EPSCoR in a
different role when we begin the new program.
Dr. Camille McKayle, Associate Professor of Mathematics, has taken over as EPSCoR
Coordinator. Dr. McKayle comes to EPSCoR with experience coordinating the $3.5 million NSF
HBCU-UP (Historically Black College and Universities-Undergraduate Program) grant, and has
served as Principal Investigator on other NSF, NASA and Mathematical Association of America
grant programs. Dr. McKayle is in her 8th year at the University of the Virgin Islands, and was a
part of the large team that provided input for the VI-EPSCoR submission.
VI EPSCoR sends delegation to the National EPSCoR Conference (September 7- 9)
VI EPSCoR sent a six person delegation to the National EPSCoR conference in September. The
delegation consisted of VI EPSCoR staff and members of the governing board. The national
conference supported the travel of our governing board members. Representing the Virgin
Islands were Dr. Henry Smith, Principal Investigator and UVI's Vice Provost, Frank Fox, VI
EPSCoR governing board president and president of the St. Croix Chamber of Commerce, Mr.
Bernard Adrien (representing Mr. Frank Schulterbrandt, JD, CEO for USVI Economic
Development Authority), Dr. Richard Moore, Dr. Camille McKayle, VI-EPSCoR Coordinator, and
Ms. Marilyn Henderson, VI EPSCoR Administrative Assistant.
VI-E P S C o R
The conference was an informative one, and showcased the economic impact that EPSCoR
programs had in other EPSCoR jurisdictions. Mr. Adrien, in his conference report, stated that "it
was indeed amazing to have learned first hand the quality of support that legislators gave to the
EPSCoR activities of their individual state". He noted that the "territory's participation is of
paramount importance in ensuring the success of this program". In understanding that
"knowledge is the currency of the 21st century", the conference underscored the benefits that
research can have on the economy of EPSCoR jurisdictions.
VI EPSCoR Governing Board to Meet
The VI EPSCoR governing board will have its next quarterly meeting at on October 17th, 2003.
The VI-EPSCoR Governing Board represents the greater Virgin Islands community as well as the
broadest interests of the University in advising the Project Director and in garnering community
support for the activities of VI-EPSCoR. This board was constituted to include the Virgin Islands
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, four senior members of the Territorial
Government, three representatives of the private business community, two EPSCoR leaders from
other jurisdictions, and four representatives of the University, including its President and the VI-
EPSCoR Project Director. The Governing Board holds meetings quarterly in addition to an
annual meeting with a larger Assembly of Community Advisors and Planning Committee (the
Assembly), at which its membership is replenished.
Upcoming NSF activities relevant to VI EPSCoR
In order to better position ourselves for success in grant applications, VI EPSCoR will support
participation in activities that will strengthen the Virgin Islands ability to submit competitive
proposals, especially in those areas that emerged as VI EPSCoR priorities. If interested, please
contact Dr. McKayle at cmckayl()uvi.edu or 693-1478.
Relevant web page: http://ehr.nsf.gov will connect you to the EHR web page
MET Summit II: Conference on the Mathematical Education of Teachers to be held at the
Hilton Crystal City at National Airport on October 11-12th 2003.
VI EPSCoR addresses UVI faculty, November 6th, 2003 at Noon
The EPSCoR Centers Development Initiative (CDI), in collaboration with the University of
Oklahoma, is holding an assistance workshop on NSF's Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-
12 Education (GK-12) program November 12, 2003 University of Oklahoma (Norman,
OK). See www.epscorfoundation.org/cdi/GK-12workshop/. The workshop will feature
presentations from NSF GK-12 Program Directors and 'best practice' presentations from
PIs of ongoing NSF GK-12 projects. This program supports fellowships and associated
training that enable graduate students and advanced undergraduates in science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics to serve in K-12 schools as resources
knowledgeable about both the content and applications of these disciplines.
Outreach Visit: Bev Sherman, NSF Fastlane expert, and John Cruikshank, a long-time
NSF employee who has worked in grants and policy administration as well as education
and human resources programs will visit the Virgin Islands January 26th, 2004 (tentative).
Undergraduate Research Centers grant competition, deadline January 16th, 2004.
This pilot program seeks new models and partnerships with the potential (1) to expand
the reach of undergraduate research to include first- and second-year college students;
and (2) to enhance the research capacity, infrastructure, and culture of participating
institutions, thereby strengthening the nation's research enterprise. For this pilot
program, research should be in the chemical sciences or interdisciplinary areas
supported by the chemical sciences. This effort is being headed by Dr. Tony Perry,
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry.