Research & Inquiry

GSSM provides its students with unique learning opportunities through these mentored experiences.

Research that Matters

Internships in real research labs are part of every Govie's experience.

Since 1990, Govies have been making significant contributions to research projects at the state's research universities, and in labs in Asia, and Europe. We're so serious about research, we made it a graduation requirement.

GSSM students work side by side with graduate students and scientists and make real contributions to science. Sometimes, these contributions are significant enough that students are listed as co-authors on published studies or are asked to present their work at national conferences.

Research & Inquiry is one of the distinctive programs that makes GSSM unique. In previous years, GSSM students have lived in Germany, China, and South Korea for eight weeks doing research and making connections around the world.

Students can also conduct research during the school year through a Research & Inquiry course. Find one in our course catalog (pdf).

Anna Gray Ashton (Residential ‘22) & Eva Godwin (Residential '22)

University of South Carolina – Lab of Monirosadat Sadati
Anna Gray & Eva helped develop a process for encasing a polymer that changes color in response to pressure as a way to create colorimetric pressure indicators that could be used for a wide variety of applications.

Tremaine Richardson (Residential '22) & Stephen Sartor (Accelerate '22)

AVX – Dr. Craig Nies
Stephen & Tremaine worked at AVX with GSSM Alum Josh Campbell ’20 to develop methods to more consistently prepare materials for the assembly of capacitors. Josh conducted his GSSM research & inquiry project at AVX in the Summer of 2019.

Anne Macklin (Residential '22)

Clemson University Restoration Institute – Lab of Eric Patterson
Anne used 3D design software & rapid prototyping with 3D printers to develop a stage that can rotate around 3-axes to hold an object for imaging in the light & camera sphere being built by the Patterson group. The information they will collect from this device will help improve our understanding of how materials reflect and absorb light, which will contribute to improvements in digital animation.