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24th Annual Research Colloquium

Monday, February 4, 2013 - 12:22pm

A Presentation of College-Level Scientific Research Conducted by High School Students

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) hosted its 24th Annual Research Colloquium in Hartsville, SC on Saturday, February 2, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sixty-eight students presented findings from scientific research conducted during their participation in the 2012 Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI) and Research Experience Scholars Program (RESP).

"Colloquium is a milestone for our young research scholars," says Randall La Cross, vice president of outreach and research for GSSM. "It demonstrates why it is beneficial to our state to provide talented high school students with the opportunity to conduct scientific research in a real-world setting."

SPRI, a graduation requirement for GSSM, is a hands-on educational initiative that matches rising seniors with mentors at corporate research and development labs, research universities and hospital cancer centers. SPRI research partners include Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, the Medical University of South Carolina and Furman University, among others.

In 2009, the SPRI experience added an international component, RESP. GSSM students traveled to Germany and South Korea to conduct research in international labs. In exchange, students came to GSSM from overseas to complete research projects at the University of South Carolina.
During the six-week SPRI program, students work under the direct supervision of established scientists conducting research on a college graduate level. Research projects that will be presented at Colloquium cover topics such as the development of laparoscopic surgical simulation models, the analysis of Piezoelectric Active Wafer Sensors (PWAS) in structural health monitoring systems, the evaluation of phenolic and anthocyanin content in peaches, and the assessment of the effects of a mitochondrial biogenesis simulator on reducing acetaminophen-induced renal injury.

SPRI would not be possible without the contributions made by the mentors. For the past 24 years, more than 725 mentors at 93 institutions have volunteered their time to guide approximately 1,800 students in serious scientific research.

SPRI would also not be possible without the generous support of AdvanceSC, AFL, Mr. and Mrs. John I. Bachman, Dr. Suzan Boyd and Mr. M. Edward Sellers, CSX Transportation, D.L. Scurry Foundation, Dargan Construction Company, Inc., Mr. and Mrs. David J. Eckert, The W.C. English Foundation, Fluor Corporation, GE Healthcare, General Dynamics Land Systems Force Protection, The Graham Foundation, Greenville Hospital System, Ms. Ellen T. Hayden, The InterTech Group Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Hyeong-Jin Kahng, Lipscomb Family Foundation, Milliken Foundation, Nucor Steel, Post and Courier Foundation, Resolute Forest Products, Catawba Operations, Roche Carolina, Inc.

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