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What is the Governor’s School for the Sciences & Engineering (GSSE)?

GSSE is a 4-week on-campus program that provides the opportunity for advanced study, laboratory experience, research in modern science and mathematics, and an immersive college experience. This year’s program dates are May 30 – June 26, 2021. Learn more about GSSE here.

Virtual vs. In-Person

This year’s program will be hosted BOTH via an on-campus program at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville AND via a virtual platform. When offered a position to attend the program students will be asked to select their preference. To learn more about what the program would look like in-person vs virtual, please visit this page.

Academic Curriculum

All students take the common “STEM in the morning” classes and their choice of an additional afternoon STEM class that suits their interest. Please visit our academic curriculum site to learn more.

Who can apply?

GSSE is for rising high school juniors and seniors (current sophomores and juniors) in the State of Tennessee.

How many students are selected?

For the 2021 GSSE program, 110 students will be selected for a full scholarship position. A limited number of partially-funded positions will be available to students not selected for one of the 110 full scholarship positions. GSSE funding supports housing, meals, instructional materials, and activities for full scholarship students. A portion of those costs will be covered for partially-funded students.

What is it like to attend GSSE?

Check out the photos and videos below showing what a 2019 (in-person) and 2020 (virtual) GSSE experience looks like!

2020 (Virtual)
2019 (In-Person)