Governor Corbett, Carnegie Mellon University Announce Acceptance of Students into the Governor's School for Sciences Summer 2013

 Governor Corbett, Carnegie Mellon University Announce Acceptance of Students
         into the Governor's School for Sciences Summer 2013 Program

PR Newswire

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 5, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett
and Carnegie Mellon University today announced that 56 Pennsylvania high
school juniors have been selected to attend the Pennsylvania Governor's School
for the Sciences (PGSS) summer program.

"Pennsylvania's economic future is dependent upon today's students training in
high-quality educational programs in the sciences," Corbett said. "The
Governor's School for the Sciences will ensure that these students are
provided with hands-on, intensive learning that will pave the way for their
future success."

The accepted students, selected from 515 applicants, represent 48 high
schools, with at least one student from 28 of Pennsylvania's 29 intermediate
units.

Since taking office, Corbett has focused on providing the resources necessary
for students to obtain the skills and knowledge that is needed for success
following high school graduation.

"Whether our students continue on into postsecondary education or enter the
workforce, we must remain focused on giving them access to high-quality
academic programs in our public education system," Corbett said.

The Corbett administration partnered with the program's alumni to provide a
five-week, summer enrichment experience in the sciences and mathematics for
talented high school students, and to encourage them to pursue careers in the
fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students will
receive full tuition and room and board for the duration of the program.

"The PGSS experience is unlike any other. We bring together some of the
brightest young scientists from the state's high schools and give them a
chance to interact with their peers, college students studying science and
some of the leading science faculty from area universities. We also provide
them with the exciting opportunity to conduct self-guided research," said
Barry Luokkala, PGSS program director and teaching professor of physics at
Carnegie Mellon. "When they leave, we hope they are even more enthusiastic
about the potential for a future in science."

Students will arrive at Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh campus on June 30 and
will stay in the university's residence halls. Students will take lecture
courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science;
participate in a laboratory course in biology, chemistry, physics or computer
science; and complete a team research project. They also will be able to take
elective courses, participate in field trips and engage with distinguished
guest lecturers.

"Having access to state-of-the-art equipment and some of Pennsylvania's best
science experts will provide tremendous lifelong benefits for these students,"
said Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis. "The Corbett administration is
committed to ensuring that quality educational opportunities are available to
students across the state."

This marks the first year that the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the
Sciences was reinstated after the program ended in 2008. The return of PGSS
was made possible through a $150,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of
Education that was matched by PGSS Campaign Inc., a campaign organized by PGSS
alumni. The program's alumni raised funds from individual donors and
corporate sponsors, including Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., PPG
Industries and AT&T.

Students accepted into the program for 2013 were notified by letter sent on
April 4.

For more information about PGSS, visit: http://www.pgss.mcs.cmu.edu/.

Media contact:
Tim Eller, Department of Education, 717-783-9802
Jocelyn Duffy, Carnegie Mellon University, 412-268-9982

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

Website: http://www.governor.state.pa.us
 
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