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Rigorous Academics

A primary goal of the GSST is to provide students with an opportunity to conduct serious scientific research. All students take a junior year course in Research Methods and Ethics, which introduces research methodology, statistics, critical thinking skills, and skills of scientific writing and presentation. In their senior year, students design and conduct a year-long research project under the direction of a scientific, engineering, medical or other professional in the community. The field component is supported by formal course work which guides students through the entire process, from the selection of a problem to the final presentation. In addition to their outside mentor, each student is assigned a faculty advisor to assist and evaluate mentorship research.

Research sites that have participated in the GSST Honors Research/Mentorship program include NASA Langley Research Center, Thomas Jefferson National Acceleration Facility, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Hampton University, Christopher Newport University, Virginia Living Museum, local engineering firms, hospitals, and a variety of individual medical and professional firms.

The Governor's School for Science and Technology has been named to Virginia Living's Top High Schools and Universities 2013 list. Virginia Living's Top High Schools and Universities 2013 recognizes innovation and excellence in secondary and higher education in Virginia across five categories: Arts & Humanities; Science, Math & Technology; Capital Improvements; Co-Ops & Partnerships; and Athletics. New Horizons Governor's School will appear in the Science, Math and Technology category for its mandatory Research Methodology and Ethics curriculum.