The NC Student Academy of Sciences is seeking volunteers to mentor teams of high school student researchers in the WNC area. More information is provided below from NCSAS:
Western North Carolina’s middle and high school students are eager to get engaged in meaningful research experiences. However, their access to opportunities are limited. Teachers in our region identify adequate mentorship and financial support as the greatest factors affecting success of student research projects.
As directors of NCSAS District 8, we are recruiting mentors from the community who can help students develop and complete meaningful research projects. The students will present their projects at the 2015 North Carolina Student Academy of Sciences District 8 competition on February 27 on the UNC Asheville campus. There is also a need for volunteers to be on the judging panel at this competition.
The North Carolina Student Academy of Science (NCSAS) is an organization for students in grades 6-12 in alliance with the North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS). The objectives of NCSAS are
1) promoting the study of science, technology, and mathematics,
2) assisting students to pursue careers in science and technology, and
3) encouraging students to use their talents for the improvement of themselves, their schools, and their communities.
Each year, NCSAS holds District and State meetings at which students have the opportunity to share their research in competition. District 8 includes Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey counties. Students/teams that place at the District level continue to the State competition in late March.
If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Rebecca Hale at firstname.lastname@example.org and describe your expertise. We will share mentor information with area teachers.
NCSAS District 8 Co-Directors:
Rebecca Hale, UNC Asheville Biology Department
Caroline Kennedy, UNC Asheville Biology Department
Jennifer Williams, Brevard High School