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Foundational Updates July 2021

July 13, 2021

Announcing STEM Foundations: GSSM's Online Diploma Program

Created for rising juniors in the state of South Carolina, STEM Foundations is an online diploma program with a high-level STEM-focused curriculum. Utilizing a cohort model, courses meet synchronously and are taught online using Zoom. Students have online access to teachers’ office hours, academic advising, academic tutoring, college counseling, and guidance counseling. Students admitted to this program will begin their junior year in fall 2021 and graduate in spring 2023.

Application and tuition are completely free. GSSM will also provide technical support and equipment as needed to ensure students in the STEM Foundations program have the best possible access to synchronous instruction and other online resources.


Alumni Spotlight: Shane Farmer '10

Shane Farmer, GSSM Class of 2010, is the outgoing President of the GSSM Alumni Association Board. In this role, he led the board in its first year of 100 percent monetary support and an amazing fundraising year as a whole, with alumni giving participation rising to 6.29%. He participated in planning sessions for reopening the School and in GSSM’s Increased Participation Advisory Committee. Shane instituted the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association and the role of Parliamentarian for the association. During his presidency, the Alumni Association Board hosted Giving Tuesday activities, the annual Winter Gathering online version, Eagle Madness, Celebrity Bingo, the Squirrels in Motion fundraising challenge, quarterly Alumni Book Clubs, an alumni speaker survey, a DEI survey, and created two new awards in conjunction with GSSM.

After GSSM, Shane received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and sociology, with a minor in poverty studies, from Furman University. He then received a Master of Education in college student affairs from the University of Southern Florida. He currently resides in Greenville, SC, and serves as the Associate Director of Operations for Campus Reservations and Events at Clemson University. In his spare time, Shane enjoys gourmet cooking, cocktails, and traveling, and he leads a local LGBTQIA+ book club.

Govies Present at International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy

GSSM students Jósue Cervantes '21, Emily Geraghty '21, Anish Kanthamneni '21, Ziwei Liu '21, Shamitha Nandi '21, Elic Weeks '21, and Garrett Youngblood '21 attended the virtual International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy June 21-25. The Symposium is the premier conference for researchers in this field. Along with GSSM chemistry professor Dr. Gordon Brown, the students gave a presentation titled "The Chirped-Pulse Club: Microwave Spectroscopy Research in High School."

Their presentation was viewed by spectroscopy researchers all over the world. Other presenters included professors at research universities and their graduate students. These seven Govies were the only high school students who were listed as co-authors on any presentations at the conference.

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