Delaware Valley Science Council (DVSC) announces improvements to our Awards Program

Times change, and we must also, even as we look forward to the 70th year of this remarkable and celebrated organization. The DVSC Board of Directors is currently conducting an overall strategic evaluation of our programs, and has elected to make a few planned improvements following extensive discussion and assessment. These changes are intended to provide more funds for awards, improve logistics for activities, and also generate greater interest in the program – all while we continue to consider additional enhancements intended to expand our mission of promoting student interest in the sciences.

  1. We will – at least for the near future – not hold a March DVSC Awards Dinner. The costs of the dinner for both DVSC and guests have increased significantly, and the logistics of gathering students, parents, and guests from as far as 90 minutes away on a school night were challenging. The cost savings will allow us to increase the size of our awards funds, and will allow students to be recognized in their schools in front of their peers at individual school awards assemblies and ceremonies. We will arrange to have a DVSC Board member or sponsor at each school to present individual awards in the spring.
  2. Beginning this year, the DVSC Exams will be given in May to current High School Juniors, and the Awards Finalists Interviews will be conducted in September as these students are Seniors. This change allows more students to include their participation and awards on their college applications, and also avoids the logistics challenges with conducting interviews in January, often in poor weather. We believe that the six weeks or so of cumulative science instruction/learning between the end of the school year and early September that would be missing are mostly offset by the “summer slide” of learning forgotten between June and the beginning of school.

The Delaware Valley Science Council welcomes your input and thoughts on these changes. You can email us at info@delawarevalleysciencecouncil.org.