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  • Professor Trevor Jackson, Campus Coordinator of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of the West Indies has said that the University needed more financial assistance to help fund students' research work.
  • He disclosed that the Graduate School has provided $39.78 million for postgraduate research to purchase equipment and consumables, supporting students with their fieldwork, financing overseas visits to other universities by students and to fund student attendance and participation at overseas conferences, among other things.
  • Speaking at the sixth biennial Conference of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences at the University on Tuesday (March 18), Professor Jackson said,

Professor Trevor Jackson, Campus Coordinator of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of the West Indies has said that the University needed more financial assistance to help fund students’ research work.
“It is clear that the School (Graduate Studies) can not provide all the money that is required to assist students with their research, and we will have to identify other sources of funding to assist with our research,” he said.
Speaking at the sixth biennial Conference of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences at the University on Tuesday (March 18), Professor Jackson said, “this is a challenge we all face, the School, the Campus and the Faculties, and one in which we will all have to work together, especially when the University has indicated in its Strategic Plan to 2007 that there must be a greater emphasis on research”.

He disclosed that the Graduate School has provided $39.78 million for postgraduate research to purchase equipment and consumables, supporting students with their fieldwork, financing overseas visits to other universities by students and to fund student attendance and participation at overseas conferences, among other things. However, he said this amount was inadequate. “About 60 per cent of these funds are awarded to graduate students in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences. Yet, I know that this amount is still insufficient to fully drive the research in this Faculty and the other three Faculties of Mona,” he said.

Citing an example of this shortfall, Professor Jackson said that in January the Research and Paper Committee received 47 new applications for research in which the total sum of money being requested amounted to $9.86 million.
“There was no way that the Committee could award this sum of money when the amount provided for this year was $11.94 million,” he explained. The Campus Coordinator also challenged the Faculty to publish the papers from the Conference. “I believe that it is extremely important that you publish your work, especially among our graduate students who should not only present their work at this Conference but should have it published. It does a graduate student a world of good to have at least one and possibly more than one publication of their thesis,” he said.

He suggested that the graduate students’ work could be published in the local scientific journal – the Jamaica Journal of Science and Technology. “I know that the School of Graduate Studies and Research would be willing to provide financial assistance to you in ensuring that the papers of this Conference are published,” he stated. Professor Jackson told the conference that the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences was a pacemaker among the Faculties in terms of the number of publications over the last decade. He said out of a total of 2,861 publications among the four Faculties, Pure and Applied Sciences had 899 publications, representing 29 per cent of the total publications.

Meanwhile, some 104 papers are to be presented at the three-day Conference, of which 37 are to be presented orally and 67 through posters. Research students are presenting most of the papers. The conference was organised to provide a forum whereby the public may be made more aware of the research activities of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, as well as to highlight the work being undertaken in Pure and Applied Sciences at the University, among professional colleagues in anticipation of fostering multidisciplinary investigations and to provide graduate students with an opportunity of presenting their work in a supportive environment, whilst adhering to internationally accepted standards of academic content and time keeping.