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Student participates in gov’s school of the sciences at Carnegie Mellon

Harris Khan of Loyalsock Township Senior High School is participating in the prestigious Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS) June 26 to July 30, at Carnegie Mellon University. Harris is the son of Dr. Ayaz Mahmood Khan, M.D. of pain management in Williamsport. The PGSS is a rigorous, five-week program which provides talented Pennsylvania rising high school seniors with enrichment experiences in the sciences and mathematics and encourages them to pursue careers in science and technology. Only around 50 to 60 students statewide are accepted each year for the program from among more than 500 applicants each year. Students accepted into the PGSS are among the top achievers at their schools.

While attending the Governor’s School, all students live on campus in a Carnegie Mellon dormitory and take specially designed lecture courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics. Each core subject

focuses on a particular area of study. Each

participant is also put into a group that works on a team project together.

The teams carry out an experiment throughout their time together at the program with a professor or researcher. The projects vary in subject, but there is one available in each of the core classes.

In addition, students participate in laboratory courses of their own choosing and engage in team research projects. They also have opportunities to take elective courses, participate in field trips, attend special lectures and seminars and interact with university faculty.

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