Research Projects at Academic Year Governor's Schools

A primary goal of nearly all Academic Year Governor's Schools is to lead students to develop skills required for completion of advanced research. Most programs require students to take research or project development courses; others integrate problem-based learning into everyday curricula.

Students are introduced to the process of science, research methodology, ethical considerations, need for objectivity and peer review, as well as skills in communicating scientific findings. Students are exposed to the vast opportunities associated with research and development.

In many AYGS programs, students select, design, and conduct a research project under the direction of a project sponsor or mentor. Students are expected to complete relevant, meritorious projects of high quality. Students present their work orally and visually at science consortia and create formal written research publications. Students from Governor's Schools are highly competitive at Regional, State, and International levels of science and engineering fairs.