The Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School hosted its 16th annual Science Symposium at Virginia Commonwealth University on March 2. During the morning sessions, 69 seniors presented their independent research projects which were judged by visiting members of the scientific community from VCU, Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Rappahannock Community College, among others.
During the afternoon session the keynote address, “Challenges Facing the Next Generation of Scientists,” was given by Dr. Donglai Gong, an assistant professor at The Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Dr. Gong spoke on cutting edge trends in scientific research including sea level rise, effects of climate change on melting of sea ice, remote sensing technology and the role of artificial intelligence in research. An awards ceremony followed with ribbons being presented to those seniors whose presentations were judged to be exemplary.
Kyle Lloyd and Katryn Watson of Caroline County; Mary O’Sullivan of Colonial Beach; Holly Beazley, Gabe Carlton, Tristan Gross and Leslie Johnson of Essex County; Ellianna Bailey of King George County; Rosalina Volo of King William County; Roman Cutler of Lancaster County; Kate Casper of Mathews County; Emma McKee, Kayla Paulos, Avery Payne, Payton St. Louis and Sarah Walton of Middlesex County; Matthew Wiechman and Taylor Yates of New Kent County; Madison Clarke, Izaak Hagy, Anna Pitts, Jerry Turner and Tahi Wiggins of Northumberland County; Laura Ambrose, Emily Brown, Devin Hayes, Anna Lewis and Mackenzie Straughan of Richmond County; and Skylar Swann of Westmoreland County received ribbons for exemplary presentations of their work.