SC Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics to Host 23rd Annual Research Colloquium

The Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) will host the 23rd Annual Research Colloquium in Hartsville, Saturday, February 4, 2012.

Beginning at 9 a.m., 64 students from high schools across the state will present findings from scientific research conducted during their participation in the 2011 Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI).

“Those who attend Colloquium will be amazed by this group of young researchers,” says Randall La Cross, vice president of outreach and research for GSSM. “The quality of their research and presentations will be evident, and what they have learned about scientific research will be more than impressive.”

SPRI, a graduation requirement for GSSM, is a hands-on educational initiative that matches rising seniors with mentors at corporate research and development labs, research universities and hospital cancer centers. SPRI research partners include Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, the Medical University of South Carolina and Furman University, among others.

During the six-week program, students work under the direct supervision of established scientists conducting research on a college graduate level. Research projects that will be presented at Colloquium cover topics such as the effects of exercise on cancer cachexia, the development of viral vectors to treat chronic pain and fuel conversion technology.

“The benefits of a program like SPRI not only provide exceptional educational opportunities for students of South Carolina, but also help develop our future leaders. When scientific knowledge is gained, economic development follows, ultimately growing the prosperity of our state,” says La Cross.

SPRI would not be possible without the contributions made by the mentors. For the past 23 years, more than 700 mentors at 85 institutions have volunteered their time to guide more than 1,700 students in serious scientific research. Many of the mentors from this year’s program will be present at Colloquium.

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