Pennsylvania Governor's School Visits RAND

On July 24, the Pennsylvania Governor's School for International Studies (PGSIS) visited RAND Pittsburgh. The PGSIS is one of eight Pennsylvania Governor's Schools of Excellence funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The Governor's School serves the primary purpose of providing a select group of academically talented and highly motivated high school students with a challenging, integrated introduction to the social sciences and culture studies important to global education programs. This year, 100 high school juniors from Pennsylvania and 10 students from Saitama, Japan, participated in the six-week program.

RAND Pittsburgh was recommended to the Governor's School by the University of Pittsburgh to participate in the "Shadow Day" program. RAND joined an impressive list of companies, including Heinz, PNC, and Mellon Bank, that the students visited.

Eleven students visited RAND from the University of Pittsburgh, where they reside during the program. The program at RAND began with an introduction to RAND given by Pittsburgh office director, Barry Balmat. Jim Hosek gave a presentation on social science research on Russia and Ukraine. Following that, Sue Hosek presented material on applying U.S. health system expertise in Russia and China. Finally, Donna Keyser talked about her experiences as a Fulbright research scholar to Japan and gave an overview of international relations, with a focus on the Japanese political economy.

After visiting RAND, the students wrote to Balmat, saying that they now had a clear understanding of the words "think tank," and also of how they could combine their interest in international studies with their love of science.

Based on their feedback, it appears that a new generation of researchers could be right around the corner.

August 2002