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Governor’s
STEM Institute

Two Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Institute schools will engage students in topics ranging from the science of food to the magic of the universe and the mysteries of outer space.

Where

West Virginia University

Green Bank Observatory

When

West Virginia University
July 6–13, 2024 or
July 14-21, 2024
Green Bank Observatory
July 7-20, 2024

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Apply online before April 12, 2024

Download the 2024 GSI WVU Flyer

(for 7th grade students)

Download the 2024 GSI Green Bank Flyer

(for 8th grade students)

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School & County Information
Apply Online
Parent Information
Jobs

About These Schools

West Virginia University

Governor’s STEM Institute (GSI) students will engage in several projects and activities related to the math and science of food. The goal is to open students’ eyes to how math and science connect to growing, preparing, and eating food.

Green Bank Observatory

Learn about the magic of the universe as you study the mysteries of outer space, utilizing data from the Green Bank Observatory (Green Bank) in Pocahontas County. Accessing the information under the guidance of nationally recognized scientists and instructors, students will learn about the constellations, outer space and, perhaps just as importantly, about their inner selves.

School & County Information

The GSI requires middle schools and county boards of education to recruit and assist students during the application window. The school counselor should not be the only individual involved in recruitment. Please use the flyer attached below to share this information in classrooms and with teachers who may be able to promote the program.

2024 GSI WVU Flyer (for 7th grade students)
2024 GSI Green Bank Flyer (for 8th grade students)

Middle School Responsibilities

  • Inform all qualifying students of their eligibility. Speak with students about the merit of the GSI. If students within the school attended last year, please have them speak to prospective students. Schools may recommend 7th grade students for West Virginia University (WVU) and 8th grade for Green Bank. There are separate applications and forms for each location.
  • Inform students of the application.
  • Communicate with the county contact about deadlines to ensure students from the high school have submitted their applications with sufficient time for the school counselor to scan documents and make selections to the county.
  • The school counselor must scan student applications as PDF files and establish a committee to determine who will be nominated by the principal. The principal must sign the recommendation form and scan it as a PDF. All PDF student applications and the principal recommendation are sent electronically to the county contact. Each county will have its own deadline for schools. The state deadline for counties to submit their recommendations to the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is April 12, 2024.
  • The school counselor must print transcripts and first-semester student grades, as required in the application.

GSI WVU Principal Recommendation Form (for 7th grade students)
GSI Green Bank Principal Recommendation Form (for 8th grade students)

County Contact Responsibilities

  • Review all information on the GSI on the WVDE website.
  • Establish a county deadline for schools to submit PDF files of student applications and principal recommendations for consideration at the county level. The state submission deadline for counties for the superintendent nomination form is April 12, 2024.
  • Share the PDF flyers with all middle and high school principals and counselors to post and share with students and parents.
  • The county contact must convene a county selection committee to select two students (male or female) for GSI. Additional nominations may be made based on information within the superintendent’s recommendation form. Please plan accordingly.
  • The county contact should complete the superintendent’s recommendation form, ask the superintendent to sign it, and scan it into a PDF file. Please submit the PDF file and the PDF student applications of the nominated students to the state file upload folder.
  • Please label the PDF as the county name and 2024 GSIWVU or Green Bank Superintendent Recommendations (i.e. Pocahontas_2024GSIWVU_Superintendent_Recommendations or Pocahontas_2024GSIGreenBank_Superintendent_Recommendations).

Green Bank State Submission Folder
WVU State Submission Folder

GSI WVU Superintendent Recommendation Form
GSI Green Bank Superintendent Recommendation Form

If you have questions, please contact Dustin Lambert, WVDE State Coordinator of West Virginia Governor’s Schools – dllambert@k12.wv.us or (304) 558-5325.

Apply Online

Thank you for your interest in the GSI at WVU and Green Bank. Please review the qualifications listed below before completing this part of the application.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Must be a current middle school in West Virginia with plans to attend next school year.
  2. Must be a West Virginia resident.
  3. Must be a 7th grade student for WVU or an 8th grade student for Green Bank at the time of application.
  4. Must not have attended the GSI in the past.
  5. Must have a grade-point average of at least 3.0.
  6. Must have a recommendation from the school principal (within Part II of the application).
  7. Must have a recommendation from a math or science teacher (within Part II of the application).
  8. Must have one additional teacher recommendation (within Part II of the application).
  9. Must satisfy all immunization requirements according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). Non-public school and homeschooled students must provide proof of immunizations.

WVU Applications

Application Part I (7th Grade Students ONLY)

Application

A PDF version of Part I is provided here. We recommend collecting all required documents within the application before starting the online form. We do not accept PDF versions of Part I. Please submit this part online only.

Part I goes directly to the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). Students must complete this part of the application below before beginning Part II.

Application Part II

Part II of the application requires students to type information within the PDF and print pages to be completed by the school counselor and principal.

The school counselor will scan all documents into one file for each student’s application.

A selection committee at the school will determine students who are recommended from each school. Students who are selected will be recommended to the county superintendent for final selection.

The WVDE is not accepting paper submissions of applications. Once the counselor has scanned all required documents into one file for each student, those files will be submitted electronically from the school to the county and then uploaded to the state file submission from the county superintendent’s recommendations. The county contact uploads the county selections to the file submission. 

Green Bank Observatory Applications

Application Part I (8th Grade Students ONLY)

Application

A PDF version of Part I is provided here. We recommend collecting all required documents within the application before starting the online form. We do not accept PDF versions of Part I. Please submit this part online only.

Part I goes directly to the WVDE. Students must complete this part of the application below before beginning Part II.

Application Part II

Part II of the application requires students to type information within the PDF and print pages to be completed by the school counselor and principal.

The school counselor will scan all documents into one file for each student’s application.

A selection committee at the school will determine students who are recommended from each school. Students who are selected will be recommended to the county superintendent for final selection.

The WVDE is not accepting paper submissions of applications. Once the counselor has scanned all required documents into one file for each student, those files will be submitted electronically from the school to the county and then uploaded to the state file submission from the county superintendent’s recommendations. The county contact uploads the county selections to the file submission. 

If you have questions, please contact Dustin Lambert, WVDE State Coordinator of West Virginia Governor’s Schools – dllambert@k12.wv.us or (304) 558-5325.

Parent Information

GSI Green Bank Parent Information

Drop Off and Pickup

Please be advised, parents are required to drop off students on July 7th and pick up students on July 20th at the Green Bank Observatory in Green Bank, WV.  

Handbook and Itinerary

The 2023 Student Handbook and Itinerary are posted below. We share this information only to inform students and parents of expectations and what the experience may look like for the duration of the school.

Information and events within the documents are subject to change as the hosting college/universities/organizations prepare for the summer. Please only use the information as a guide to what might be expected during GSI Green Bank.

2023 GSI Green Bank Student Handbook
2023 GSI Green Bank Itinerary

The West Virginia Department of Education maintains a Facebook page to showcase students during each school. Please visit the page to view all the exciting activities going on throughout the summer. 

GSI WVU Parent Information

Drop Off and Pickup

Please be advised, parents are required to drop off students on July 6th or 14th and pick up students on July 13th or 21st at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.   

Handbook and Itinerary

The 2023 Student Handbook and Itinerary are posted below. We share this information only to inform students and parents of expectations and what the experience may look like for the duration of the school.

Information and events within the documents are subject to change as the hosting college/universities/organizations prepare for the summer. Please only use the information as a guide to what might be expected during GSI WVU.

2023 GSI WVU Student Handbook
2023 GSI WVU Itinerary

The West Virginia Department of Education maintains a Facebook page to showcase students during each school. Please visit the page to view all the exciting activities going on throughout the summer. 

Jobs

WVU Positions

Faculty Positions

Any person with experience teaching math, science, or computer science in secondary education interested in working with the program must submit an application to Gretchen Gibson at ggibson@k12.wv.us by Jan. 31, 2024.

Residential Positions

Any current West Virginia University (WVU) student who is a member of the WVU Honors Program and has lived at least one year in the Honors Hall may apply to be a resident assistant during the GSI at WVU.

Interested students must contact Gretchen Gibson at ggibson@k12.wv.us by Jan. 31, 2024.

Green Bank Positions

Faculty Positions

Applications for GSI faculty positions at Green Bank are due by March 1, 2024.

Undergraduate Mentor

Applications for GSI undergraduate mentor positions at Green Bank are due by March 31, 2024.

For questions, please contact the GSI Green Bank Deans: