GGC hosts state’s largest K-12 science fair, awards scholarships

Georgia Gwinnett College welcomed more than 600 K-12 students to its campus Feb. 4 for the Gwinnett Regional Science and Engineering Fair and awarded scholarships to selected participants.

Georgia Gwinnett College welcomed more than 600 K-12 students to its campus Feb. 4 for the Gwinnett Regional Science and Engineering Fair and awarded scholarships to selected participants.

“This event was a great way for the college to partner with the community,” said Cathy Moore, dean of the GGC School of Education. “We were delighted to host the science fair and look forward to future community collaborations.”

In addition to student participants, hundreds of parents, community-based judges and volunteers attended the event, which filled the college’s newly opened student center. Student research projects ranged from practical research questions such as mouthwash effectiveness to theoretical research into materials strength. Dozens of GGC faculty and students assisted as volunteers and judges, and the community at large were invited to the event’s afternoon public exhibition.

"GGC was excited and honored to host these young scientists from Gwinnett County,” said Thomas Mundie, dean of the GGC School of Science and Technology. “We know they are our future innovators and based on what I saw today, I think the future is in good hands."

During the event’s award ceremony, Mundie presented $500 GGC scholarships to four students whose projects demonstrated excellence. Recipients of the $500 GGC scholarships are: Anna Jackson and Glacia Ahlstrand of Collins Hill High School, Chris Hodges of South Gwinnett High School and Jason Adams of Peachtree Ridge High School.

Mundie also presented six scholarships to GGC’s summer science and technology camp, which offers a campus-based, hands-on educational experience for middle- and high-school students. Recipients of these scholarships are Michelle McIntire and Natasha Roy of Collins Hill High School, D. Ryan Bhomik of Trickum Middle School, and Jackson Kim, Lauren Dinges and Marian Metzger of Notre Dame Academy.

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