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West Virginia Governor’s STEM Institute

Congratulations “Govies” on your selection to the West Virginia Governor’s STEM Institute (WVGSI)! The Green Bank Observatory sessions of the WVGSI will be held June 8-19 for rising tenth graders, and July 18-30 for rising ninth graders. Even though we will be virtual this year, we promise a challenging and fun experience in which YOU will be engaged in conducting astronomical research using a 20 Meter diameter radio telescope! You will have the opportunity to make new friends from around the state, network with undergraduate students, teachers, and scientists.

GSI Activities

GSI Activities fall into 3 main categories:


The sky is the limit! Join Undergraduate STEM students in a variety of activities and discussions. You pick from several choices each day. What interests you?

You can even lead a seminar for others!

Directed Studies

Dig a little deeper into STEM fields with 3-day activity series exploring Astro techniques, Electronics and Biology! We rotate all Govies through 3 Directed Studies.

Research Time

You will work in a small team to conduct research using a robotic 20 Meter Telescope, and optical telescopes on the Skynet Robotic Telescope Network.

Teachers, undergrads, and GBO scientists will advise you but the project is yours!

GSI Schedule

On most days, our GSI will follow the same schedule. Here’s a snapshot from our planning spreadsheet. Please note that even “on screen time” will not be on-screen entirely, as we will be doing activities, or collecting data.