Preparing for graduation and life after high school is more than studying from a book. Students are designing research projects to tackle today’s problems. Marlin Wright, a senior at Pepperell High School and a student in the Healthcare Sciences program at Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy, has been selected as one of 50 finalists to present research at the Georgia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium hosted by the University of Georgia, February 23-25. Wright’s research examined the effects of strobe light as a stressor on the behavior of mice.
Wright is taking a healthcare science pathway and honors anatomy physiology, both offered at the College and Career Academy, he designed his research project from information learned in both classes. This is the first year that academic courses have been taught alongside the career pathway courses at the College and Career Academy. Taking both academic and career pathway courses on the same campus has stimulated collaborative efforts between instructors and enabled student to use the knowledge learned in academic classes in their career pathway classes. The combination is allowing students to understand why they are learning academic concepts and how this information can build a strong foundation for college and career preparation. Wright stated, “This project has prepared me for a career in the medical field and to achieve the steps needed to get there.”
The symposium at UGA is designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Opportunities for hands-on workshops, panel discussions, career exploration, research lab visits and networking are planned.
JSHS is a collaborative effort with the research arm of the Department of Defense and administered in cooperation with nationwide colleges and universities. JSHS aims to prepare and support students to contribute as future scientists and engineers -- conducting STEM research on behalf of or directly for the Department of Defense, the Federal research laboratories, or for the greater good in advancing the nation's scientific and technological progress.
Fifty Georgia students are selected annually by science professionals to present their work in front of judges at the Georgia regional competition in Athens. The finalists will move on to the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium April 23-27, in Washington D.C.
Wright is an honors student with a 4.0 GPA. He has been accepted into the Honors Program at the University of Georgia and plans to pursue a medical degree and career.