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‘Celebrating excellence in research’

UWI-NGC Research Awards Ceremony 2014

On October 1st, 2014 the UWI St Augustine Campus will formally celebrate the achievements of its research staff and students during its second biennial UWI-NGC Research Awards Ceremony. The theme for the Awards Ceremony is “Celebrating Excellence in Research” as it showcases the outstanding research contribution of individual researchers and research teams from the various Faculties, including research carried out by post-graduate students. Recipients of grants under the second call for proposals of the very competitive UWI-Trinidad and Tobago Research and Development Impact Fund (RDI Fund) will also be recognised at this ceremony. 
The UWI-NGC Research Awards initiative is organised under the auspices of the Office of the Campus Principal with the generous support of the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited. This year’s Research Awards Ceremony will feature awards in two main categories: (i) Faculty Awards for the Most Outstanding Researcher and the Most Productive Department; and (ii) Campus Awards for the Most Impacting Research Project, the Most Outstanding Regional Research Project and the Most Outstanding International Research Project. 
An important aspect of the research awards initiative is to recognise some of our exceptional graduate students alongside their dedicated research supervisors as well as promising early career researchers. In this vein, awards will be given to the Most Outstanding Graduate Researchers and Research Mentors for the academic years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. A Special Principal’s Award for talented early career researchers will also be presented for the very first time to encourage younger researchers to become more engaged in the Campus’ research enterprise. 
Mentoring new researchers and grooming new talent is something Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI St Augustine Campus, Professor Clement Sankat, is extremely passionate about. He explains: “Developing a strong research agenda, a cadre of talented and well-respected researchers and dedicated research funding mechanisms are all very important, particularly as we continue to build a world-class UWI St Augustine Campus. Intensifying our focus on the societal impact of UWI research projects and how we communicate these findings to our diverse audiences will also ensure that the public better understands what we do at UWI and how university research affects their daily lives.  By supporting our postgraduate students, post-doctoral fellows and new academic staff members, we will help to cultivate new research capacity, groom scholars with a thirst for knowledge and equip them to explore the frontiers of new knowledge in a wide range of disciplines that are all critical to national and regional development.  As we pay tribute to our outstanding researchers and research mentors, we also say thank you to them for their dedication and excellent work. They have played and continue to play a vital role in our research enterprise and we encourage others to do the same”.
The UWI’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Wayne Hunte, was equally supportive of the UWI-NGC Research Awards initiative. He added: “Ensuring a sustainable pool of academic talent is critical to building a strong research culture at UWI St Augustine and this will remain a priority for the University as we continue to strengthen our partnerships between academia, industry, civil society and government. Highly motivated research staff and students are essential for the university to fulfil its mission of creating knowledge and advancing education to support the holistic development of the Caribbean region”.    
As the UWI intensifies its institutional focus on research in keeping with the UWI Strategic Plan for 2012-2017, the important links between the research and teaching functions cannot be overstated.  “We at The UWI St Augustine Campus believe that research and teaching influence each other in a symbiotic way. Outlining a robust research mandate, providing a supportive environment for creativity and innovation, and facilitating effective knowledge transfer can only serve to complement and enrich the teaching and learning experience for our students both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels”, explained Professor Kit Fai Pun, Campus Coordinator for Graduate Studies and Research.   

By celebrating excellence in research at the UWI-NGC Research Awards Ceremony 2014, The UWI St Augustine Campus is supporting a renewed passion for scholarly inquiry and a better appreciation of the ways in which university research helps to address development issues and improve the lives of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean. The Campus Principal emphasises further: “Scholars across all disciplines must always be committed to interrogating concepts and conducting research and experiments in new areas in order to expand the frontiers of knowledge. Our strong research tradition and competence are what set the UWI apart. As a Campus, we are working consistently at strengthening the research enterprise from all angles—research interest, quality, intensity, productivity, funding, partnerships and very importantly, research impact. In so doing and with the support of our sponsor NGC, we are confident that the links between academia and industry would be strengthened to support economic diversification and entrepreneurship at the national level and also to ensure that the university continues to provide a robust platform for harnessing the synergies between scholarship and development for the generations to come.” 


UWI RESEARCH AWARDS RECIPIENTS 2014

CAMPUS AWARDS
MOST IMPACTING RESEARCH PROJECT 
“Break the Silence: A Multisectoral Approach to Preventing and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse and Incest in T&T” 
Prof Rhoda Reddock and Dr Sandra Reid

MOST OUTSTANDING REGIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT  
“The Caribbean Regional Non-Communicable Diseases Surveillance System Project”                     
Prof Surujpal Teelucksingh

MOST OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT  
“Strengthening the Caribbean Scientific Community in Natural Resources Management and Developing Integrated Watershed Management Plans”                                          
Trinidad Team Leader: Prof Carlisle Pemberton 
Project Team Leader: Coen Ritsema (The Netherlands)

PRINCIPAL’S SPECIAL AWARD 
“The oral health of preschool children in Trinidad” 
Dr. Rahul Naidu

FACULTY AWARDS
MOST OUTSTANDING RESEARCHER
• Faculty of Engineering - Dr Michelle Mycoo
• Faculty of Humanities and Education - Dr Jerome De Lisle 
• Faculty of Medical Sciences - Prof Shivananda Nayak
• Faculty of Science and Technology - Professor Dave Chadee
• Faculty of Social Sciences - Prof Patricia Mohammed

MOST PRODUCTIVE RESEARCH DEPARTMENT
• Faculty of Engineering - Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
• Faculty of Science and Technology - Department of Life Sciences
• Faculty of Social Sciences – Department of Economics

GRADUATE STUDENT & MENTORSHIP AWARDS
MOST OUTSTANDING GRADUATE RESEARCHER (ARTS/ HUMANITIES/ SOCIAL SCIENCES)
• Dr Meena Rambocas (2011-2012)
• Dr Henry Hugh Bailey (2012-2013)

MOST OUTSTANDING GRADUATE RESEARCHER (SCIENCES)
• Dr David Adeyanju (2011-2012)
• Dr Richard Bachoo (2012-2013)

OUTSTANDING RESEARCH MENTORSHIP (ARTS/ HUMANITIES/ SOCIAL SCIENCES)
• Prof Vishnu Kirpalani and Mr Errol Simms 
(2011-2012)
• Dr Althea La Foucade (2012-2013)
• OUTSTANDING RESEARCH MENTORSHIP (SCIENCES)
• Dr Krishpersad Manohar (2011-2012)
• Dr Jacqueline Bridge (2012-2013)

The UWI Research Awards Ceremony 2014 will be held on Wednesday October 1, at 5.30 p.m. at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), UWI St Augustine Campus. This event is open to the public.  Persons interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling 662-2002 ext 83942/83937/82180 or e-mailing campusevents@sta.uwi.edu.  
For more information on 
UWI-NGC Research Awards 2014, please visit: 
www.sta.uwi.edu/researchawards/index.asp.
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