The Summer Program for Research Interns is designed to motivate bright, academically talented rising high school seniors in public and private schools in South Carolina to pursue careers in science, mathematics, or technology. To do this, students are paired with researchers at various state universities and given an average of six weeks to conduct an original research project in a wide variety of subjects in both a field and laboratory setting. At the end of the six week period, the students present their findings in a poster session. In addition, the students will submit a formal abstract and present their work again at the annual South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics Research Colloquium the following February. Several students have also chosen to submit their projects to the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science for competition.
The award from HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Program allows SC Life to sponsor up to twenty students and provide supplies for the faculty mentors each summer. In summer 2015, we hosted 25 students and 15 Clemson University affiliated faculty members.