About GSI

Historically speaking....

The West Virginia Governor's STEM Institute (formerly the School for Mathematics and Science) is a summer residential program providing academic enrichment in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math for students living in and attending school in West Virginia. At the time of application, the students are in the 7th and 8th grades; by the time the schools begin, they are referred to as rising 8th graders and rising 9th graders. There are separate sessions for the two grade levels.
The GSI is held on the campuses of institutions of higher learning, and they range from 10-14 days. Central research themes are chosen each year, and the enhancing activities broaden students' understanding of the role of scientific research in society.

Governor Bob Wise is credited with the origin of GSMS, designating more than $400,000 of Inauguration surplus funds to start the endeavor. It continues through the efforts of the West Virginia Department of Education and is funded by legislative appropriation. Hosts have included West Virginia University, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and West Virginia State University. The hosts for  2023 are WVU and the Green Bank Observatory.