On October 24, students from Dr. Walerian Majewski’s Physics Honors Research course traveled to Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, to attend the Virginia Academy of Sciences’ (VAS) Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting. NOVA’s two presentations were among 34 projects shown as posters and competing for five $500 VAS research grants. A total of 11 schools were represented by 55 participating students with NOVA being the only two-year institution in attendance.
NOVA students competed against students from George Mason University, Virginia Tech, Liberty University, Christopher Newport University, Virginia State University, Virginia Military Institute, Longwood University, Eastern Mennonite University, James Madison University and Virginia Commonwealth University. They were also the only students doing physics research, with all the other projects focusing on biology research.
NOVA’s proposal “Experiments with the Electrodynamic Wheel,” by Angel Gutarra-Leon and Vincent Cordrey, won one of the five grants, with other winning teams coming from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Liberty University and Virginia Military Institute.
Majewski’s students were also invited to present research at the VAS “Research Showcase at the Statehouse” on January 25, 2016. Students can present a poster of their research to legislators as well as be formally introduced to the committees covering science affairs in both houses of the legislature. The VAS Education Committee will select students to participate in this event from among applicants who submit a research abstract and complete the application form at http://urls.hsc.edu/vasapplication by November 15.
NOVA has several groups doing undergraduate research in physics, biology, geology and nanoscience. The “Research Showcase at the Statehouse” provides an excellent opportunity to show NOVA’s best students to Virginia legislators and to highlight opportunities for funding at the College. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share this with NOVA students.