Young scientists ages 13 to 18 with promising research ideas are invited to enter a new annual competition sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY). The CTY Cogito Research Awards, which provide recipients up to $600 in funding, aim to offset the costs associated with conducting research in math and science for selected middle and high school students.
“Many innovative projects never get off the ground because students don’t have the funds to buy microscopes or travel to conferences where they can connect with experts,” says Patricia Wallace, senior director of CTYOnline. “Some students might never even try to test their original hypotheses if they can’t afford to carry them out. The CTY Cogito Research Awards address that gap by making funding available to bright students with solid research ideas.”
Up to 10 students who submit the most compelling, promising research proposals will be selected by a committee composed of Johns Hopkins CTY faculty from various math and science fields. The inaugural group of CTY Cogito Research Award winners will be announced on Dec. 31.
Following their selection, each of the 2014 CTY Cogito Research Award winners will be paired with a mentor to support him or her through the research process. Winners will also blog about their projects on the Cogito website.
“Students sharing what it’s like to do science, including their trials and tribulations, in a friendly virtual environment—that’s a big part of the Cogito mission,” says Kristi Birch, Cogito’s managing editor. “The CTY Cogito Research Awards will not only provide these students with financial assistance and mentoring, they will also connect them with a supportive online community of students interested in doing real-world science and math research.”