GSSM hosts more than 130 in research colloquium


HARTSVILLESC More than 130 students recently presented at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics 34th Annual research colloquium.

The GSSM Annual Research Colloquium is an opportunity for GSSM students to share their research experiences from their summer research trip. Since 1990, the required research and inquiry experience has provided GSSM students with opportunities to explore, discover and grow as individuals and as a student.

During this year’s research colloquium, there were a total of 113 presentations among the 137 students. The students completed their research with the help of 99 different mentors at 40 research locations.

“The research experience mentored by GSSM offers students a unique opportunity to be directly involved in the rigorous process of discovery and to work on meaningful projects in a real-world environment with the guidance of experts in their fields. The research colloquium is both a celebration of the student journey and a reflection of the duty of innovators to share what they have learned,” said Dr. Josh Witten, Director of Research & Inquiry.

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Each year the summer research projects vary in what the students study. Many of this year’s research projects were conducted in South Carolina with leading universities and companies involved in healthcare, manufacturing, government, automotive and other fields. Some research projects have been conducted in the United States and also abroad. During the unique educational opportunities, GSSM students helped researchers conduct tests and collect data.

“The GSSM research and exploration program is unmatched in the country,” said GSSM President Danny Dorsel. “The transformative experience our students have through their research is what sets them apart. We owe a great debt of gratitude to our many research partners, mentors and donors who make this unique opportunity possible for over 170 students each summer.”

The GSSM Research Colloquium not only gives students an opportunity to share, celebrate and learn, but also celebrates the presentation of the Randall M. LaCross Distinguished Research Leadership Award. This year’s recipient of the Distinguished Research Leadership Award was Julie Morris, founding director of the University of South Carolina’s Office of Undergraduate Research and current research program coordinator of the university’s Office of Research and Grant Development.

“The impact of SPRI is to encourage curiosity by actively encouraging students to ask questions and find answers,” Morris said. “That’s what research is all about. The best part is how transformative the experience can be as students discover and validate their passions and goals, move forward in their career path, and hone their skills for future success. Advancement of student research has been my mission for the past 18 years and I am honored to support our GSSM students and the SPRI program on behalf of the University of South Carolina.”

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