About GSMS

 
The West Virginia Governor's School for Mathematics and Science (GSMS) is a summer residential program providing academic enrichment in the areas of science 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 schools, which are held on the campuses of institutions of higher learning, 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, since he designated more than $400,000 of Inauguration surplus funds to start the endeavor. It continues through the efforts of the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts, and is funded by legislative appropriation. Hosts have included West Virginia University, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and West Virginia State University.