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MMI Preparatory School juniors Ali Aijaz and Anirban Chowdhury were recently accepted into the summer 2016 Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences.

The Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences (PGSS), which is hosted by Carnegie Mellon University, was established 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. The program provides instruction in biological sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science, with emphasis on collaborative learning and team research.

PA-Gov-School-for-SciencesPGSS offers talented students the opportunity to participate in true scientific research and specialized scientific study. PGSS typically receives more than 500 applications each year and participants are chosen from a pool of qualified applicants from across the state. A selection panel, comprised of PGSS administration, Carnegie Mellon University faculty and state education officials, convenes to read the applications.

Successful PGSS applicants must be Pennsylvania residents in their junior year of high school. Applicants are expected to demonstrate academic achievement, interest in the sciences and mathematics and a record of pursuing this interest in activities beyond the classroom. The acceptance committee also takes into consideration the opportunities which have been made available to the applicant through their school.

MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood said, “I want to congratulate Ali and Anirban on their acceptance into this prestigious program. Selection for this program is incredibly intense and we’re pleased that two of our juniors were admitted.”

Ali Aijaz is the son of Fakruddin and Naghma Aijaz of Mountaintop. Anirban Chowdhury is the son of Bhaskar and Saumitri Chowdhury of Hazle Township.

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