NSBP at the STEMpowerment Conference at UVI



On April 19, 2017, The National Society of Black Physicists’ President Dr. K. Renee Horton served as the keynote speaker for the STEMpowerment Conference, in celebration of Science Week at the University of the Virgin Islands (SWUVI). During this visit, Renee spent the day preceding the conference visiting and talking with the administration, faculty and students of this newly implemented physics program for this University. Renee served as the keynote speaker and a panelist for the STEMpowerment Conference in which she detailed her path to success in the STEM field. Following her presentation, there was a STEMpowerment Career Panel discussion on issues such as; academic paths, career paths, extracurricular activities outside of academics, strengths and weaknesses, goals, challenges in specific careers, sexism, biases, doubts, life mottos, mentorship, and useful advice.   As part of the SWUVI, there were visits to the Etelman Observatory, observations and sessions with the Peer Lead Teaching Lecture (PLTL) students about their teaching and learning experiences in this newly implemented environment. Outside of the physics department was a session with the students of NSBE, individual sessions with STEM majoring students and dinner at the Science Café hosted by the Marine Biology department at a local restaurant. On Dr. Horton’s day of departure, she spent the morning at the Addelita Cancryn Junior High School observing the STEM Science fair exhibits, interacting with the science classes and videoing a greeting to the incoming students about the importance of physics in the world and their place in physics.