The Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School for Agriculture graduated 97 of Virginia’s gifted and talented high school students, as well as collaborated with six students from Uniondale, New York. The GSA program ran from June 28 to July 25. While living on the Virginia Tech campus, students completed 22 courses taught by faculty and graduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Courses aligned with student majors: agricultural and biological systems engineering, agricultural economics, animal science, food science, and plant science.
As part of the GSA curriculum, students held a symposium, where they presented posters and papers on their research related to agricultural socioscientific issues framed by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture research initiatives: childhood obesity, climate change, food safety, global food security and hunger, and sustainable energy. For more information on the GSA, you may view their website or contact Program Director Curt Friedel.