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Annual DVSC Science Competition Program

program1The DVSC’s main activity is an annual competition to identify, encourage, and recognize talented youth. This competition has been held for over 60 years. Each year, more than 300 high schools in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware are invited to send as many as four seniors to the DVSC competition. To participate in the event, students must be college-bound high school seniors.

The annual competition has three main components:

EXAMS – Participants take two written examinations in the fall of their senior year. The student chooses two out of four topics including biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

INTERVIEWS – The top students from the examinations are identified and invited to be interviewed by small teams of outstanding local scientists and engineers. During the interviews, students are judged not only on their expertise in science, but also on their poise, communications skills, and well-roundedness. Additionally, the students have the opportunity to interact with professional engineers and scientists who are willing to share their educational and career experiences. All finalists are invited to the awards dinner.

AWARDS – Based upon the results of the tests and interviews, awards are presented at individual school awards ceremonies in the spring. The student awards fall into three categories: 1) Science Council Awards, 2) Professional Society Awards, and 3) Specific Directed Awards. Awards ranging from $100 to $1400 are offered to up to 30 outstanding students.

For details on these program components, look under News and Events.