South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Receives Przirembel Prize at 2012 Annual InnoVenture Conference

The Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) took home one of five awards in the second annual Przirembel Prize competition at the 2012 InnoVenture Conference, Tuesday, May 8.

The Przirembel Prize is awarded each year to outstanding collaborations of diverse organizations that are significant in scope. The goal of the Prize is to discover and promote best practices in open innovation, to build relationships and to create a sense of identity in the Southeastern US as a global innovation powerhouse.

The Prize was awarded in four categories this year: Collaboration in Workforce Development, Collaboration in Technology and Product Development, Collaboration of Special Merit, and Collaboration in K-12 Education, which was awarded to GSSM. The School won for its unique collaboration between its growing alumni base, the state’s three research universities, the four SC engineering colleges and hundreds of statewide companies and business leaders. By collaborating through novel initiatives like SmartJobs, SmartInternships and GSSM Launch, GSSM connects its innovation network to entities seeking science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) talent.

"GSSM is one of the best public high schools in the country,” said John Warner, CEO of InnoVenture LLC, which awards the Przirembel Prize. “It is exciting to recognize their accomplishments through the 2012 Przirembel Prize. Many others have lots to learn from the best practices that GSSM demonstrates as a significant collaboration of diverse organizations."

GSSM is a two-year, public, residential high school in Hartsville, SC, specializing in the advanced study of STEM subjects. As one of the nation’s leading STEM schools, GSSM is committed to outsmarting South Carolina’s brain drain by helping to drive and develop the next generation of innovative thinkers and leaders.

Twenty-four years after the School’s inception, GSSM is speeding toward change. Graduates from the charter class are turning 40 and their careers and leadership roles in STEM fields are gaining momentum. As a result, the School is increasing its commitment to not only retaining GSSM talent in the Palmetto State but to returning graduates to career opportunities, hometowns and the knowledge economy of South Carolina.

“We are extremely proud and honored to receive the Przirembel Prize,” said Kim Bowman, CEO of the GSSM Foundation. “The Prize is a reflection of the innovation and collaboration we strive to achieve every day at the Governor’s School. The entire Governor’s School family is committed to retaining and returning talent to the Palmetto state, and the more we collaborate, the more successful we all will be.”

The Przirembel Prize is named for Chris Przirembel, a leader in open innovation and former VP for Research and Economic Development at Clemson University. He championed much collaboration across diverse organizations during his career, including the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville, SC, and the Clemson Advanced Materials Center in Anderson, SC.

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