MMI Preparatory School junior Claire Sheen has been selected to attend the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences this summer.
Sheen, the daughter of Kwangsup and Chaeyun Sheen of Mountaintop, was one of only 56 Pennsylvania students chosen for this year’s School for the Sciences. She received a full scholarship to attend the five-week program, which will be held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
The program is open to high school juniors who are talented in science and math and live in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Education established the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS) in order to provide a summer enrichment experience in the sciences and mathematics for talented Pennsylvania high school students, and to encourage them to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). The PGSS program provides instruction in biological sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science, with emphasis on collaborative learning and team research.
The PGSS is an ungraded summer enrichment program that is in session for five weeks, seven days per week. It is an intense program in which the students take lecture courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science. In addition, they are expected to participate in their choice of one laboratory course in either biology, chemistry, physics, or computer science, and to engage in team research projects in one of the above five major discipline areas. The students also have the opportunity to take elective courses that may vary from year to year, to participate in several field trips, and to be further enriched by a distinguished guest lecture series.
PGSS is hosted at Carnegie Mellon University, a world-class research university, with many award-winning faculty. It is the recipient of many research grants and contracts, which have enabled the acquisition of cutting-edge technology. The PGSS faculty are largely drawn from Carnegie Mellon University, but also include educational leaders from other institutions. Guest lecturers in the past have included scientific specialists from various institutes in the Pittsburgh region and the nation.