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Deadline approaching for Governor’s Schools program


Governor Phil Bredesen and the Tennessee Department of Education announced details of three new Governor’s Schools focusing on high-level math and science skills.

“Many career opportunities for future graduates will be in emerging math and science fields. These new Governor’s Schools, along with the new Governor’s Math and Science Academy, expand opportunities for Tennessee students to develop advanced skills in these areas,” Bredesen said. “I strongly encourage students to explore what the Governor’s Schools offer and consider taking advantage of these unique programs.”

Tennessee’s Governor’s Schools program offers challenging summer study experiences for college credit hosted by various state universities. The School for Computational Physics is Austin Peay State University, the School for Emerging Technolo-gies is Tennessee Technological University and the School for Scientific Models and Data Analysis is East Tennessee State University. Each introduces students to advanced studies, include site visits to top research facilities and provide interaction with leading scientists, engineers, researchers and mathematicians.

APSU introduces computational methods used by scientists and engineers and explores career paths in visits to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. TTU students can study emerging fields such as biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technology through introductory engineering and computer programming courses and field trips.

The ETSU program focuses on mathematics, statistics and science during hands-on learning experiences, field trips and interaction with practicing researchers.

“Governor’s Schools give Tennessee students the chance to engage in an accelerated curriculum in a university setting,” Education Commissioner Lana Seivers said. “Students completing these programs get an early start in college credit and a taste of the rich educational experience an advanced education can provide.”

Guidance counselors state-wide have received information on the 2008 Tennessee Governor’s Schools. Students may contact the school counselor for more information about applying, or visit the Governor’s School Web site at www.tenn essee.gov/education/govschools. Deadline to submit applications is Friday, Nov. 30.

 

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