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UWI Seismic Research Centre launches CORE summer internship

For Release Upon Receipt - October 1, 2009

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre (SRC) recently launched a summer internship programme committed to indentifying future geoscientists and communications practitioners. The Centre’s new programme, called CORE (Creating Opportunity from Research Experience), is an eight-week internship for undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in pursuing careers in geosciences and related fields.


CORE interns will work closely with SRC staff on current research projects in volcanology, seismology, geology, software engineering, physics, mathematics, or public awareness and education. Interns will receive a stipend, and will take part in career-enhancing field experiences, lab experiments and research exposure, which are designed to complement formal classroom instruction. The internship will begin with a full-day orientation and will end with an oral presentation to the project supervisor.


In 2009, its first year, the CORE programme included three projects. The first involved the implementation of a public awareness campaign on tsunami and other coastal hazard warning systems within the participating states of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA). This campaign was funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Another project, which focused on computational signal processing and data acquisition, involved the development of seismic station health monitoring applications. The third project developed a study to test the sensitivity of geothermal systems.


For more information about the internship programme, please contact Joanna Minott, Internship Coordinator and Student Outreach Officer, at For more information about UWI Seismic Research Centre, please contact Stacey Edwards, Information Specialist at or or (868) 662-4659 or (Fax) 663-9293.



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About UWI Seismic Research Centre

The UWI Seismic Research Centre (SRC) is the authoritative source of information on earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis for the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean. The Centre is based at the St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago, and is funded by nine contributing governments in the region. SRC provides consultancy services to contributing governments, local and international insurance companies and civil engineering establishments. The Centre also works closely with national disaster management agencies and the formal education system to increase public awareness of geo-hazards and to proliferate best practices in development planning and emergency management. UWI SRC is the official agency for information on earthquakes and volcanoes in the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean. While the Centre’s main activity is in monitoring and research, it is just as concerned with public education through a wide a range of initiatives, of which the CORE programme is just one example. For more information about UWI Seismic Research Centre, please contact Stacey Edwards, Information Specialist at or or (868) 662-4659 or (Fax) 663-9293.






About UWI

Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.