A two–year research project is required of all Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School students. Below is a timeline of the research project development process. 

 

Fall Semester, Junior Year

16517408407_1466354660_oStudents learn elements of scientific research, including the research method, experimental design, and graphical and statistical analysis. They practice these techniques by conducting several cycles of actual research as an entire class in the lab and on field studies. Students will generate null and alternate hypotheses, collect data via random sampling, and statistically analyze actual data.

Students will also read, discuss, and evaluate primary literature, as well as scientific papers from previous CBGS students’ projects. Students will propose a research question related to marine and/or environmental science that they wish to tackle through individual or small group research, along with a brief discussion of relevant theory and a review of primary literature. Once a student has chosen a topic, they will participate in a workshop on locating appropriate literature sources, be assigned a faculty advisor, and receive feedback to streamline their proposal.

Spring Semester, Junior Year

Students will observe and critique Senior research presentations at the annual CBGS Marine & Environmental Science Symposium. Students submit their formal Prospectus for research to be approved by CBGS faculty before data collection begins (after Spring Break). The prospectus will include:

  • Introduction with literature review
  • Null and alternate hypotheses
  • Materials and methods, including identification of variables, constants, treatments, and controls
  • Analysis, including statistical test(s) to be employed

Summer Break and Fall Semester, Senior Year

16537025798_61474184ce_oStudents will complete experiments and data collection. They submit their raw data by mid-September for preliminary evaluation and troubleshooting. All data collection is completed by the end of October. Students will work on analyzing their data, both graphically and statistically, and write a formal scientific paper summarizing and discussing their research. They will participate in a workshop on technical writing and the format of a scientific paper. The first drafts are submitted by Thanksgiving with a cycle of faculty feedback, and the final drafts are submitted by mid-January.

Spring Semester, Senior Year

Students participate in a workshop on public presentations, focusing on the use of PowerPoint and graphics, and have practice sessions with faculty for coaching and feedback before their research presentations. Students will publicly present their research at the annual CBGS Marine & Environmental Science Symposium. Faculty and guest judges evaluate the presentations and choose award-winners in each category.

A two–year research project is required of all Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School students. Below is a timeline of the research project development process. 

 

Fall Semester, Junior Year

16517408407_1466354660_oStudents learn elements of scientific research, including the research method, experimental design, and graphical and statistical analysis. They practice these techniques by conducting several cycles of actual research as an entire class in the lab and on field studies. Students will generate null and alternate hypotheses, collect data via random sampling, and statistically analyze actual data.

Students will also read, discuss, and evaluate primary literature, as well as scientific papers from previous CBGS students’ projects. Students will propose a research question related to marine and/or environmental science that they wish to tackle through individual or small group research, along with a brief discussion of relevant theory and a review of primary literature. Once a student has chosen a topic, they will participate in a workshop on locating appropriate literature sources, be assigned a faculty advisor, and receive feedback to streamline their proposal.

Spring Semester, Junior Year

Students will observe and critique Senior research presentations at the annual CBGS Marine & Environmental Science Symposium. Students submit their formal Prospectus for research to be approved by CBGS faculty before data collection begins (after Spring Break). The prospectus will include:

  • Introduction with literature review
  • Null and alternate hypotheses
  • Materials and methods, including identification of variables, constants, treatments, and controls
  • Analysis, including statistical test(s) to be employed

Summer Break and Fall Semester, Senior Year

16537025798_61474184ce_oStudents will complete experiments and data collection. They submit their raw data by mid-September for preliminary evaluation and troubleshooting. All data collection is completed by the end of October. Students will work on analyzing their data, both graphically and statistically, and write a formal scientific paper summarizing and discussing their research. They will participate in a workshop on technical writing and the format of a scientific paper. The first drafts are submitted by Thanksgiving with a cycle of faculty feedback, and the final drafts are submitted by mid-January.

Spring Semester, Senior Year

Students participate in a workshop on public presentations, focusing on the use of PowerPoint and graphics, and have practice sessions with faculty for coaching and feedback before their research presentations. Students will publicly present their research at the annual CBGS Marine & Environmental Science Symposium. Faculty and guest judges evaluate the presentations and choose award-winners in each category.

SCHOOL LOCATIONS

Administration

Terri L. Perkins, Director
P. O. Box 1410
202 South Church Lane
Tappahannock, VA 22560
Phone: 804-443-0267
Fax: 804-443-4039
Bowling Green Site

16221 Richmond Turnpike
Bowling Green, VA 22427
Phone: 804-633-3406
Fax: 804-633-5579
RCC Glenns Site

12745 College Drive
Glenns, VA 23149
Phone: 804-758-6788
Fax: 804-758-5434
RCC Warsaw Site

52 Campus Drive
Warsaw, VA 22572
Phone: 804-333-1306
Fax: 804-333-1306
The Chesapeake Bay Governor's School is a partnership between the Virginia Department of Education, participating School Divisions and Rappahannock Community College, and a member of NCSSSMST (National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology).
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