Science and Mathematics Fellows Program
St. Thomas University has established the Science and Mathematics Fellows Program, especially for Hispanics and other minorities, in response to the current shortage of minorities in the sciences. The program admits all qualified students, either as freshmen, or those who transfer with an associate degree. The Fellows study in cohorts, working toward a degree in biology, chemistry or mathematics.
Qualified students receive academic scholarships and financial aid. The program is research-based, and each fellow receives advisement, mentoring and tutoring (if needed).
Current Research Projects Include
- The effect of chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans on axon growth in adult zebra fish primary brainstem neuron cultures.
- Understanding the regeneration response of zebra fish central nervous system axons after injury.
- Drug discovery with medicinal plants and plant-derived compounds and their effect on cancer.
- Preserving genetic variability in cacao, avocado and sugarcane using plant tissue culture techniques.
- Micropropagation of Florida Endangered Plant species and the use of molecular markers to assess genetic variability.
- Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics and dynamical systems for mathematical modeling of respiratory disorders (asthma and COPD) and its connection to the immune response to environmental triggers in South Florida.
- Application of Advanced Weather, Research and Forecasting (WRF) community modeling tool to study the relationship between air quality (atmospheric chemistry) and weather variability (atmospheric physics).
- Developing hydrogen generators to produce electricity using fuel cell technologies.
- Designing and constructing diffractive holographic elements for use as solar concentrators.