2017 VJAS Research Symposium - Welcome Letters
VJAS Committee Chair's Welcome Letter
May 16, 2017
Dear Virginia Junior Academy of Science participants,
On behalf of the Virginia Junior Academy of Science Team and Committee, I would like to extend the warmest welcome to each and every one to the 95th Virginia Academy of Science (VAS) and the 76th Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) joint Annual Meeting. We are hosted by the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, the capital of our Commonwealth.
First, I would like to congratulate our student finalists, as each one of you have conducted high caliber research project to be here. Your research papers have been read thoroughly and was selected by a rigorous panel of evaluators across the state. This is a great accomplishment and you should be proud of your research and academic success!
As we commence our Annual Meeting, we are reminded, once again, the crucial role of scientific and technological advancements in creating a better world. We are expanding our knowledge in every field, pushing the boundaries of research and discovery to a new level each day. This is where we need you – our young, talented, next generation scientists, engineers, and researchers.
In order to continue our successful endeavor in the progression of scientific research, we need to re-double our efforts to foster curiosity and engage in generating innovative thoughts of our young scientists to solve the ever-growing list of challenges we face today. Remember - scientific progress does not happen overnight. Only systemic, continuous investment in current and future research and education will yield significant growth and benefit to the society. We must be resilient and advocate ways to promote how science and research is an integral component of our society – which, I would like to thank our dedicated teachers and parents who serve as role models in support of those efforts.
Finally, just seven years ago, I was one of you – a VJAS participant. Trust me when I say this: If I can make a difference, so can you. I look forward to meeting you and learning about your work at the 2017 VJAS Research Symposium. Once again, welcome and congratulations on your accomplishments.
Se W. Jeong
Chairman, VJAS Committee