What are Student Research Projects?

All SWVGS students are required to complete an independent research project on an approved topic as part of the SCT198 and SCT298 courses which are part of the Core Curriculum at SWVGS. Students are expected to complete meaningful projects that offer new information. Simple projects and step-by-step demonstrations found on many websites are not acceptable projects for SWVGS students.

More information about the SCT Science and Technology Seminar and Project courses is available here.

At the end of each January, SWVGS holds its own science consortium, usually in Edwards Hall at New River Community College. The SWVGS science fair is an opportunity to showcase independent research projects completed by all SWVGS students.

Place awards are given by judges in fourteen different categories. First, Second, and Third place, as well as Honorable Mentions, are awarded based on project merit. Grand award winners are selected in Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences. First place winners of the Southwest Virginia Governor's School Fair will attend the Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair at Radford University, March 2012. Additional place winners may also attend the Regional Fair according to availability of slots. Participants in the Regional Fair have the opportunity to compete to attend additional Fairs at the State and International levels. The Grand Award winners at the Regional Fair will also win an all-expense paid trip to the International Science and Engineering Fair.