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Glenns Governor’s School wins awards at symposium

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Glenns Campus Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School students who won awards were, from left, Matthew Wiechman (New Kent), Taylor Yates (New Kent), Kayla Paulos (Middlesex), Kate Casper (Mathews), Emma McKee (Middlesex), Sarah Walton (Middlesex) and Avary Payne (Middlesex).

The Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School for Marine and Environmental Science hosted its 16th Annual Science Symposium at Virginia Commonwealth University on Saturday, March 2. During the morning sessions, more than 70 seniors presented their independent research projects which were judged by visiting members of the scientific community from the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Rappahannock Community College, and many others.

During the afternoon session the keynote address, “Challenges Facing the Next Generation of Scientists,” was given by Dr. Donglai Gong, a physical oceanographer from Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. Dr. Gong shared with students many big challenges the next generation of scientists will be addressing from climate change and marine science issues to big data and the proliferation of artificial intelligence in our lives. 

An awards ceremony followed with ribbons being presented to those seniors whose presentations were judged to be exemplary. Students from the Glenns Campus of the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School who received exemplary awards for their research were Matthew Wiechman (New Kent), “Comparison of the Thermal Properties of Different Roof Materials”; Taylor Yates (New Kent), “Sunscreen Efficacy by Chemical Composition and its Effect on Aquatic Life”; Kayla Paulos (Middlesex), “Sand Characteristics and Erosion Potential in a Nourished Beach Environment”; Kate Casper (Mathews), “Assessing the Pipefish Population in the Lower Chesapeake Bay”; Emma McKee (Middlesex), “Cycles of growth in long lived individual, the ocean Quahog Arctica islandica”; Sarah Walton (Middlesex), “Is There Evidence of Male Limitation in the Summer Blue Crab Fishery?”; and Avary Payne (Middlesex), “The Effect of Grading on Oyster Growth Rate Over a Season.”

posted 03.13.2019

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