GSSM Alumnas Research Published in Forensic Science International Journal

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September 19, 2017

Hartsville, SC – The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce that research conducted by Katherine Kilgore, GSSM Class of 2016, has been published in Forensic Science International. 

Kilgore, daughter of Robert and Ruth Kilgore of Hartsville, worked on her research during the Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI). SPRI and the international Research Experience Scholars Program (RESP) are exciting programs unique to GSSM. For six weeks during the summer between junior and senior years, GSSM students join research groups at university and corporate R&D labs in South Carolina, the United States, Europe or Asia. Students work with their research mentors and Governor's School faculty during their senior year to compile and analyze their research findings, prepare formal research papers, and present their work at the GSSM Annual Research Colloquium and at the SC Junior Academy of Science annual meeting.

Placed at the University of South Carolina in 2015, Kilgore worked under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Morgan, a professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry. Her research was entitled “A quantitative method for determining a representative detection limit of forensic luminol test for latent bloodstains.

“We are incredibly proud of Katherine and her accomplishment,” said Randy LaCross, GSSM’s Vice President for Outreach & Research. “This is an example of how the GSSM research experience benefits our students and opens doors for them.”

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