Left to Right in Photograph: Pamela Rose (Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research), Lisa Dublin (BSc. Chemistry ragduate), Samantha Sheoprashad (BSc. Computer Science graduate).

The Office for Undergraduate Research held its first undergraduate research experience in focus discussion at the Tain campus on November 24, 2017. This discussion featured two individuals: Lisa Dublin (centre of photo) who graduated (BSc.) earlier that month from the Department of Chemistry and Samantha Sheoprashad (right of photo) who graduated (BSc) from the Department of Computer Science in 2016.

Prior to this discussion, Lisa Dublin presented her research, titled Toward highly mesoporous activated carbon from coconut shells for water treatment, at the 2017 McNair conference (held in the period October 19 – 20, 2017) at the Florida International University. At the University of Guyana, Lisa was mentored through the research process by Dr. Dawn Fox (Dept. of Chemistry).

In her final year of study at the University of Guyana, Samantha Sheoprashad completed her thesis titled Identifying depression from social media content via psychological and linguistic analysis. She was mentored through the research process by Penelope DeFreitas and Malcolm Williams (Dept. of Computer Science), and Narendra Nauth (Graduate). At the time of the discussion at Tain, Samantha was a Queen’s Young Leader (2017) and she had by then participated in the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme held at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

The discussion was moderated by Dr. Troy Thomas (Director of Undergraduate Research) with the Ms. Pamela Rose (Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research, left of photo) in attendance. The discussion focused on the experience of the young women as students, women in science, researchers working on their respective projects and at the international fora at which they were participants. The discussion provided perspective on being successful at research and the participants took opportunities to provide guidance to their peers who were at the time embarking on their own research.

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