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Every student at GSSM participates in a summer research experience mentored by academics and professionals across South Carolina, the country, and the world. During this past summer, the Class of 2017 participated in research at 30 different institutions in 7 states and 3 countries.
"During SPRI, I found out that I love this. Doing research for these short weeks has made me realize how much researching in college is important to me. Without this opportunity my passion for research would have been struck later in life." - GSSM Student
The Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI) and the international Research Experience Scholars Program (RESP) are exciting programs unique to GSSM. For six weeks during the summer between junior and senior years, GSSM students join research groups at university and corporate R&D labs in South Carolina, the United States, Europe or Asia. Students work with their research mentors and Governor's School faculty during their senior year to compile and analyze their research findings, prepare formal research papers, and present their work at the GSSM Annual Research Colloquium and at the SC Junior Academy of Science annual meeting.
GSSM students gain a unique and direct experience with the scientific process, which develops their understanding of the scientific method, the methods of discovery, subject matter expertise, critical thinking skills, data analysis and quantitative skills, creativity, and communication skills. They may have additional opportunities to present their research in academic journals or at professional conferences in conjunction with their summer research mentor.
Examples of recent summer research experiences from the Class of 2016 include: