The senior research project is a unique aspect of CBGS, and is key to developing students who understand the process and importance of scientific inquiry. CBGS students accomplish this by making novel discoveries in our complex world through a year-long endeavor which they carry out from conception to public dissemination. Many of these students’ hard work allows them to compete with peers across the Commonwealth for awards and scholarships at the Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences (VJAS). The Foundation grants money for registration and student travel to VJAS so finances are not a barrier to this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Additionally, the CBGS Foundation started a mini-grant program in 2019 to assist students in purchasing supplies to complete their senior projects. The mini-grant program allows for research opportunities and experiences the students otherwise may not have been able to pursue.
Senior Project Mini-Grants
In 2019, the foundation started the Senior Research Project Mini-Grant program. The grant’s purpose is to assist students in purchasing supplies for their senior research project, or to buy equipment for CBGS that allows students to pursue new types of research. We never want an inability to purchase supplies to limit the scope of student research ideas!
I am grateful to have received the funds from the CBGS Educational Foundation. With the help of the foundation, I will be able to conduct all of my research on the water quality above and below beaver dams. Hopefully, my results show that beaver dams do improve the water quality. Thus, showing the significance of beavers and their dams.
Each year, the CBGS Education Foundation awards a scholarship to one student at each campus of the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School