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UVI Receives 5-Year NASA Grant

The University of the Virgin Islands is one step closer to having the first four-year physics and astronomy degree, thanks to the award of a five-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA). The grant is part of NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP). UVI is one of only 10 schools in the United States to be awarded the grant in 2015. ...read more


 

MIRO in Action: UVI Physics Program Graduating Inaugural Students

March 13, 2019 - With the funding of Minority Research and Education Project (MUREP) Intuitional Research Opportunity (MIRO), the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) St. Thomas has enhanced STEM education through increased research opportunities. This Historically Black College and University (HBCU) established the Physics and Astronomy with Authentic Research Experience (PAARE) Center which include key project elements such as the development of the Undergraduate Physics Degree, employment of new Physics faculty, update of research equipment and resources, and expansion of partnership for student research experience.Read More

NASA Program Provides Internship Opportunities

March 12, 2019 - NASA is hosting a week worth of events at the University of the Virgin Islands. Members of NASA explain what they do and show students various opportunities and career paths through paid internships. More than 300 people will be participating in these events throughout St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.Read More

The Development of the Satellite UVI-BurstCube

December 22, 2017 - The University of the Virgin Islands will soon have its own satellite. Its physics program is developing the UVI-BurstCube satellite. This project is supported by the UVI NASA-EPSCoR collaboration. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration-Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NASA-EPSCoR) is the program that first funded the revitalization of the Etelman Observatory under Dr. David Morris’ directorship some six years ago and which allowed the physics group to hire its first full-time astronomer at UVI, Dr. Bruce Gendre.Read More

UVI’s Etelman Observatory Helped with Landmark Neutron Star Observations

October 16, 2017 - For the first time, scientists have directly detected both gravitational waves – ripples in space and time – and also light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars, and the University of the Virgin Island’s Etelman Observatory played a role in this observation. The achievement was marked by news conferences and releases from scientific institutions around the world, including the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI).Read More

UVI Astronomers Granted Access to World’s Largest Telescopes

March 02, 2017 - Astronomers from the University of the Virgin Islands were granted access to two of the world's largest telescopes located in Chile and Hawaii. The National Optical Astronomy observatory has given these astronomers a chance to participate in cutting edge work. Scientists, students and collaborators now have a better way to observe gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). GRBs are phenomena caused by exploding stars 30 to 100 times larger than our Sun. These may be the explosions of first generation stars which gives emerging astronomers a deeper understanding of the formation of the universe.Read More

UVI Board Approves New B.S. Degree in Physics, Reelects Trustees

October 25, 2016 - The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees approved a bachelor of science degree program in physics with a concentration in astronomy during the regular session of its quarterly meeting Saturday on the St. Thomas campus. The new degree program will provide educational training and research opportunities for undergraduate students who wish to specialize in physics and/or astronomy and who may intend to pursue graduate studies, according to a statement from UVI.Read More

UVI Receives 5-Year NASA Grant

September 24, 2015 - The University of the Virgin Islands is one step closer to having the first four-year physics and astronomy degree, thanks to the award of a five-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA). The grant is part of NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP). UVI is one of only 10 schools in the United States to be awarded the grant in 2015.Read More

Etelman Observatory Re-Opens with New Gadgets

June 21, 2012 - More than 30 residents and educators from the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) celebrated the reopening of the refurbished Etelman Observatory and Science Center on St. Thomas. Guests were able to view the new dome, the new telescope, and the refurbished home. Few individuals got the opportunity to test the telescopes, viewing the stars and the planets despite meteorological interferences.Read More