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SPRI - Summer Program for Research Interns

Designed specifically to be a research program before college life begins, SPRI is designated for rising high school seniors at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM).  Every student at GSSM participates in a summer research experience mentored by academics and professionals across South Carolina, the country, and the world.

Clemson University, Calhoun Honors College, SPRI, research, before college research, At Clemson University, SPRI is managed by the Calhoun Honors College and the Summer Scholars Program. They work in collaboration with the following colleges to host GSSM students for a six-week period during the summer:

  1. College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences
  2. College of Science
  3. College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

The student interns work with faculty mentors for six weeks to conduct an original research project in a wide variety of subjects in both field and laboratory setting.  At the end of the six-week period, the students present their findings in a poster session in the Honors Center. In addition, the students 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. In the past, some students have also chosen to submit their projects to the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science for competition.

In SPRI, GSSM students gain a unique and direct experience with the scientific process, which develops their understanding of the scientific method, the methods of discovery, subject matter expertise, critical thinking skills, data analysis and quantitative skills, creativity, and communication skills. They may have additional opportunities to present their research in academic journals or at professional conferences in conjunction with their summer research mentor.

For more information about SPRI, contact SPRI logistical coordinator Melissa Hawkins at melisso@clemson.edu.

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