Science is a wonder to the world that heavily influences my day to day life. I love involving myself in any scientific course available, from biology in freshman year and human anatomy and physiology in sophomore year, it follows throughout my high school life. A common factor between these courses is that they were taught by the magnificent Dr. G herself.
Throughout my time as a student at Hampton Roads Academy I have been more focused on the humanities than other subjects like math or science. That is not to say I have not been interested in science, but the information I learned in biology and chemistry did not seem as fun compared to my English or history classes. However, when I was signing up for classes for my junior year, research methods sounded like the perfect class for me.
I have been interested in research ever since attending “Kayak Camp” as a young kid. I was fascinated as I learned how to catch animals, take water samples, and collaborate with fellow campers about the diversity of the Chesapeake Bay. As I grew older, I was able to get more hands-on research opportunities through summer programs and classes at HRA.
The most recent cohort of HRA's Christopher Newport University (CNU) Summer Research Fellows just completed their research projects with CNU students and faculty and were recognized in the program's "Shirting" ceremony.
HRA students Aanya ('23) and Aarman ('23) Khayat are research assistants this summer to Old Dominion University chemistry professor Dr. Silvina Pagola. The students worked on the mechanochemical synthesis of binary and ternary chiral cocrystals with potential ferroelectric properties.
HRA students have the opportunity to learn hands-on science processes by participating in groundbreaking scientific research. Six current Upper School Navigators are part of the University of Vanderbilt’s research study, The Wolbachia Project.