Media Advisory - 31st Annual Colloquium

February 6, 2020

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Students to Present College-Level Research at 31st Annual Colloquium

Who: GSSM Students

What: During the 31st Annual Colloquium, 122 students from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) will present their findings from scientific research conducted during their participation in the 2019 Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI) and its international component, the Research Experience Scholars Program (RESP). Presentations will include continuing research projects mentored by GSSM faculty in the areas of filmmaking, engineering, data science, and chemistry. During the opening ceremony at 10 a.m., GSSM will honor Dr. Caryn E. Outten with its Distinguished Research Leadership Award.

When: Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10 a.m.

Where: The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, 401 Railroad Avenue, Hartsville, South Carolina, 29550

Contact: Kiersten Cole, Marketing and Communications Manager, (843) 250-1156 /

Photos: Dr. Josh Witten, Director of Research and Inquiry, will be available for interviews from 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Please contact Kiersten Cole to make interview arrangements. Photo opportunities will be available throughout the entire event. Photos from the event will also be posted to and  

About: SPRI and RESP are Capstone programs exclusive to GSSM. For six weeks between their junior and senior years, students conduct research at university or corporate research and development facilities under the mentorship of professional scientists, entrepreneurs or engineers, during which they deepen their understanding of the nature and process of research and learn the value research plays in our society. During their senior year, the students work with GSSM research advisors to prepare formal research papers and oral research presentations. The culmination of summer research is Colloquium, during which students formally present their projects to their peers, mentors, families and GSSM faculty and friends.

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Founded in 1988, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics is a nationally recognized school serving over four hundred of the state's most accomplished STEM students in the 10th through 12th grades through its residential and virtual programs. GSSM offers college-level courses and experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at its campus in Hartsville. The school also delivers virtual curricula in engineering and STEM disciplines to students in partner school districts throughout the state. GSSM’s dynamic outreach programs, including science summer camps and teacher training, impact over 5,000 K-12 students every year. Learn more by visiting

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