Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences

Proudly hosted by Carnegie Mellon University



The Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences (PGSS) was established in order to provide a summer enrichment experience in the sciences and mathematics for talented Pennsylvania high school students and to encourage them to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The program provides instruction in biological sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science, with emphasis on collaborative learning and team research.


Our Goals

PGSS is proud to offer talented students the opportunity to participate in true scientific research and specialized scientific study. These opportunities are rarely available at even the best high schools, where top students are unable to be challenged at a suitably high academic level. The program also seeks to maintain a pipeline of modern technological talent throughout the state of Pennsylvania, where cities such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and State College are quickly becoming medical, technological, and entrepreneurial hubs. Finally, PGSS takes a special interest in promoting the involvement of under-represented minorities in STEM fields and strongly encourages students from all backgrounds to apply.

Successful PGSS applicants must be Pennsylvania residents in their junior year of high school. Of course, demonstrated interest and/or achievement in scientific endeavors is also a major component of the application. The acceptance committee also takes extra caution to take into consideration the opportunities which have been made available to the applicant through their school. This ensures that students from underserved districts are not unfairly excluded. If you love science and want to experience a summer of exploration before your senior year (or know someone who does), there's no better place to do it than PGSS.

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge our co-sponsor, PGSS Campaign, Inc., alumni, parents, and friends of the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences who have generously provided funds to make this year's PGSS program possible. We also appreciate the support and assistance of the Mellon College of Science and Carnegie Mellon University, both of whom have worked with the program since its inception in 1982.

PGSS is an Institutional Member of the National Conference of Governor's Schools.

If you would like to be a supporter of PGSS, there are a number of ways. Letters, emails, calls, and visits to your state representatives on behalf of the program are extremely beneficial and highly appreciated. If you have a background in science and some time in the summer, feel free to send us an email about joining our staff or giving a guest lecture. You can also make a direct donation to the program through the Alumni Association's website via the button below.