Special Academic Opportunities

GSSM students have access to incredible academic opportunities both on and off campus.

Exclusively GSSM

For the driven... opportunities you won't find anywhere else.

Research & Inquiry

Every student enrolled at GSSM gets hands on experience working with professional researchers on real world projects. Spending the summer working in a university lab, or going abroad for medical research? That's just Govies doing their thing. 

Research & Inquiry Details


Ah INTERIM! For three weeks in January, Govies ditch the normal routine and take a deep dive into one topic of their choice. Computational Chemistry, Glider Piloting, SCUBA diving, Origami, Quilting and exciting trips are just a few of the courses that make INTERIM a beloved GSSM tradition.


Economics and Finance Institute

The world is an interesting place for those who know how to work it. EFI is for students interested in international business, economics, finance, and public policy.

Economics & Finance Institute Details

Engineering & Innovation Institute

The Duke Energy Engineering & Innovation Institute is for Residential Govies who want to take college-level engineering courses in high school.

Engineering & Innovation Institute Details

IDEA Initiative

The Individually Developed Exploration and Advancement, or IDEA, is for Govies who want to learn to the beat of their own drummer. They work with a mentor to develop their own independent study course while at GSSM.

IDEA Initiative Details

Launch Pad

Launch Pad gives incoming Govies a head start into life and learning at GSSM. This highly successful summer bridge program lasts three weeks in July.

Launch Pad Details