Dominica State College introduces its student Janice Corbette, shares her experience

Dominica State College introduces its student Janice Corbette, shares her experience

Dominica: Dominica State College introduced its student Janice Corbette. She received the John and Dorothy Herzog Award, the highest honor of the SPISE program.

Discover her experience and help us celebrate one of ours!

“Hello, my name is Janice Corbette and I am a new sophomore at Dominica State College majoring in Chemistry and Biology. This summer I completed the intensive five-week Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) held virtually this year due to COVID-19.SPISE is an intensive five-week summer program for Caribbean high school students from across the region, ages 16-18 years, who are interested in scientific fields such as technology, engineering and mathematics and wish to study and explore careers in these disciplines.SPISE is a clone of MIT’s famous MITES program.The short-term goal of SPISE is to address the low number of Caribbean students pursuing higher education in science and engineering and to hone the talents of these students in the region.The long-term goal of this program is to help diversify r the economies of the region and significantly improve the standard of living of the people by further revitalizing technology-driven entrepreneurship in the region.

Admission to SPISE is based on academic transcripts, references from lecturers, and four essays on required subjects. Fortunately, I was accepted into the program along with fourteen other students from the region, including five fellow Dominicans. At SPISE, I was immensely driven by the rigor and pace of the courses, which included calculus, physics, biochemistry, electronics, computer programming and entrepreneurship – all at university level. Collaboration and teamwork between the students were highlighted throughout the five weeks, whether on the weekly issues or the final presentations in front of an audience of more than sixty people. The nights were grueling as 1:00 a.m. became the new 8:00 p.m. for me. I was challenged during these five weeks with five hours of homework each evening and new course material. However, when the program ended on Saturday August 27, I was able to reap the real benefits – improved problem-solving skills and new insights into biochemistry, calculus and more at the awards ceremony. diplomas where I received numerous awards. on all six courses and awarded the SPISE program’s highest honor; the John & Dorothy Herzog Award given to model female and male SPISE students who have demonstrated high overall academic performance in all courses and projects, demonstrated leadership in activities and assignments, and helped their classmates acquire the mastery of the material. Finally, my hard work and effort paid off as I was this year’s SPISE 2022 Best Female Performer.

It was not at all easy. I was guaranteed a challenge, and a challenge that I took on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Sunday through Saturday. The caliber of the instructors and their network sometimes made me feel like it was beyond my abilities, but with the incredible support of my SPISE teaching assistants, instructors and friends, as well as my parents, I was able to keep persevering during the five weeks and reap the fruits of my labor. Looking back on SPISE just days after its completion, I realized that I was leaving with a greater knowledge, work ethic, networking opportunities, and amazing friendships with other like-minded people my age in the region. These friendships are genuine and were forged during those long nights that turn into the morning. One of my favorite parts of SPISE was not only building my own electromagnetic levitator involving dual magnetic fields, but also the people I met and learned from, whether cultural differences, musical tastes or future aspirations. SPISE is an experience I will never forget and for which I will be eternally grateful, as I will consider it a stepping stone to achieving my goals and aspirations, including one day enriching the region in a way never seen before. I encourage anyone interested in STEM disciplines to try SPISE; it will definitely pay off,” said Janice Corbette.

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