Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences offers opportunity for high school juniors

Pennsylvania’s Governor’s School for the Sciences at Carnegie Mellon will reopen for the summer 2013 season, according to a news release.

Applications are being accepted from high school juniors attending any Pennsylvania public, charter, cyber charter or private secondary school, or who are home-schooled, according to a news release.

The program was previously discontinued in 2009, according to the release. The five-week residential program will emphasize cooperative learning and hands-on laboratory research for 56 science and math students.

The website for the program says students will participate in lecture courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science, as well as a lab course of their choice. Students aren’t graded, but they receive feedback and a letter of evaluation that comes in handy for college applications, according to the website.

“Intensive learning and practical skills that lead to careers in the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology are critical to Pennsylvania’s long-term economic success,” Gov. Tom Corbett said in the release. “This program provides a pathway for students to secure high-paying jobs and affirms my commitment to ensuring Pennsylvania’s students have access to high-quality educational programs.”

Successful applicants will get a full scholarship for the program, with costs underwritten by a $150,000 state grant and matching funds through donations, the release says. The scholarship covers housing, meals and instructional materials, but families must cover transportation and spending money, the release says.

The program runs June 30 to Aug. 3, and students must agree to live on the Carnegie Mellon campus for that time, the release says.

Applications must be completed and mailed by the applicant’s guidance counselor, the release says. The application is online.

Deadline is Feb. 15.

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