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Frequently Asked Questions

Read below for some frequently asked questions about the 2020 Virtual Governor’s School for the Sciences & Engineering (GSSE). If you still have questions after reading through these please contact prep@utk.edu or call 865-974-9493.

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

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 and a portion of those costs for partially funded students.

Visit this page here to learn more about how to apply for the GSSE program.

Visit this page here to learn more about the academic curriculum for GSSE.

If required to be a virtual program, GSSE will go beyond a typical classroom environment and include hands-on activities, guest speakers, and virtual tours from some extraordinary places. More details will be added to the activities schedule here as they become available.

Virtual 2020 GSSE features that went beyond the typical classroom/lecture environment:

  • Guest lecture series featuring several high-profile speakers from various STEM fields
  • Interactive group projects carried out throughout the 6-weeks, including a statewide water quality experiment carried out by you!
  • STEM experiment kits mailed to your home throughout the program.
  • Virtual tours of University of Tennessee laboratories
  • Virtual field trips of other professional laboratories or STEM-related facilities
  • Fun virtual cohort building activities led by GSSE resident assistants (current college students)

For the 2020 GSSE Virtual program students committed around 6 hours per day for weekdays (Mon – Fri). Here are some examples of activities that fell within that daily time frame: the courses themselves, individual hands-on projects (done away from a screen), homework, lunch breaks and breaks between classes, meet-ups with your student’s assigned “virtual” RA – some academic, some just for fun. There were also virtual tours and sessions from University of Tennessee labs, the Oak Ridge National Lab, and other STEM facilities from around the world.

In 2020 weekdays began at 9:00am EST and ended around 4:00pm EST, however each day varied.

No. All students that choose to attend the GSSE program will be required to attend each class and activity throughout the program.

That is okay! Selected students will be ensured a reliable device and a WiFi hotspot if necessary at no cost to the student.

Attendance in classes is required. Classes will be live and must be attended virtually at the time they happen. Recordings will only be made available for students that have an approved, unforeseen absence.

Upon completion of the 2020 GSSE program students will be awarded 5 credit hours. The credit hours are Interdisciplinary Programs credits:

INPG 100 – selected topics – 3 hours

INPG 200 – selected topics – 2 hours

Click here for the catalog link for INPG. These credits may be transferable to other accredited universities, but it is up to the institution to accept them. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville will accept these as general elective credits.