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Foundational Updates February 2022

February 17, 2022

Interim 2022

A well-loved tradition relaunched last month as students at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) returned to campus after the winter break for January Interim, a 2 ½ week opportunity to explore personal interests beyond the standard GSSM curriculum. Interim lets Govies take a deep dive into one elective course that they choose from a menu of wide-ranging topics.

Students get a chance to tap into undiscovered talents, explore new hobbies, and become inspired by uniquely challenging and enlightening experiences.


While the pandemic made travel difficult, GSSM teachers worked hard to create a slate of courses that offered something for everyone. This year’s courses included:

  • Origami: The Art of Paperfolding
  • Glider Piloting at the Bermuda High Soaring School
  • The Genealogy of a Govie
  • The Cooking Lab
  • Skiing and Hiking in the Interim
  • Patchwork Quilting: Stitching Together Textile Art and Geometry
  • Art in the Interim
  • Historical Simulations: Learning History Through Roleplaying Games
  • Equine Science and Horsemanship
  • Mental Health in Pop Culture: The Psychology of Adrian Monk
  • The Mathematics of Game Shows
  • Mathematical Problem Solving
  • World Building in the Films of Studio Ghibli
  • Medical Lab Technology
  • Buddhist Philosophy
  • Getting Out and Wild in SC
  • Chess in the Interim
  • Computational Biology
  • Building the Outdoor Classroom Using Sustainable Materials
  • Ink and The Infinite
  • Music Performance Interim
  • Underwater Exploration Through SCUBA Certification
  • Strength and Conditioning & Sports Medicine
  • College Athletics: Past, Present, and Future
  • Interim courses offer a half credit toward graduation and were taught by members of the GSSM faculty, along with visiting professors from South Carolina colleges and universities.

Celebrating the 28th Annual GSSM Townes Award

Since 1993, the Governor's School for Science & Mathematics has presented the Townes Award to honor individuals, businesses, and institutions that have transformed South Carolina and the world. Past winners have hailed from the academic, business and political sectors.

Dr. Charles H. Townes (1915-2015) was a native South Carolinian, Furman graduate and Nobel Laureate in physics. In 1964, Dr. Townes received the Nobel Prize for his work in quantum electronics leading to the invention of the laser. This breakthrough transformed not only science, but also our everyday lives. The laser now is a ubiquitous part of the modern landscape in everything from supermarket bar code scanners to fiber optic communication, as well as surgical instruments, and laser printers. In 2005, Dr. Townes was awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize for his decades long work as a leading advocate for the convergence of science and religion.

This year, GSSM will present the Townes Award to a beacon in the Hartsville community: the People of Sonoco Products Company. Sonoco and its people transformed the GSSM community, the Hartsville community, and the South Carolina community. None would be what they are today without the people of Sonoco!

Purchase In-Person Townes Tickets Here
Purchase Virtual Townes Tickets Here

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