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Sargassum Business Potential, Barbados Business Authority, October 26, 2015

InterdisciplinaryTropical Studies, Chill News, Issue 16, December 2014

Branches McGill Undergraduate Environment Journal Volume 4 - Fall 2014: A Tale of a McGillian in Barbados by Vijayeta Patel (page 30).

West Indian Medical Journal:  The impact of the healthcare system in Barbados (Provision of health insurance and the Benefit Service Scheme) on the use of herbal remedies by Christian churchgoers (co-authors: Lallement, A., & Willis-O'Connor, S. BITS 2012)

Notes from the field: Teaming up to take down the Giant African Snail, McGill Reporter July 12, 2012.

UWI Notebook: Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies (BITS) Summer Programme is Underway! 
By Professor Danielle Donnelly,  June 30, 2011 Bits News.pdf

Midweek Nation July 1, 2009  [.pdf]

University of the West Indies Notebook July 2, 2009 [.pdf]

Quebec Farmers' Advocate 2009  [.pdf]

Life after BITS

Sariné Willis-O’Connor (BITS 2009)

In BITS, I examined the social reasons for taking herbal remedies among the Barbadian population. I primarily looked at the role of ancestry, level of education, and socioeconomic status on herbal remedy intake. This was the first research project I had done in my undergraduate career.

After BITS, I got more involved with community outreach and research. I continued my work with Greenpeace McGill, a club that I co-founded. I have since been awarded as one of the "Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalists" for The Starfish environmental blog (NOTE: recipients have not yet been published on the blog). As well, I worked on an independent project with Dr. Talwar and Dr. Onishi on lie-telling behavior in children.  Now that I have graduated with a B.A in Psychology from McGill, I am working in Kingston, Ontario. I am now involved with numerous community organizations, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Dawn House women's shelter, as a crisis-line counselor for the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston (SAC Kingston), and as a Youth Mentor for Kingston Community Health Centre. I hope to do research and go to graduate school in counseling psychology.

Although I am not continuing with the research I did in Barbados, the skills I have learned these were invaluable to my present ability to write research articles and to think critically. I would love to communicate that to others interested in participating in BITS! I may be contacted at: 613-532-7209 or sarine [dot] willis-oconnor [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca