The VIA provided advanced academic opportunities for students who excelled in mathematics and science. There were organized science and math competitions held through a rotating system at Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, Hampton, and St. Paul’s College.


Students were given the opportunity to display their academic skills in chemistry, algebra, physics and biology. There were tests and quizzes given at competitions as well as presentations.  The VIA set rules and responsibilities for teachers in preparing the tests, receiving fees from districts, supervising test taking, and sending test results to schools and universities.

The Executive Committee wanted to make a concerted effort to make sure every student in the state could compete and foster an environment for students to continue excelling in math and science. The qualifications for competing in math and science conferences were often rigorous and students worked hard to do well in the competitions.

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