Peter Berget honored at the National Conference of Governor’s Schools
Peter B. Berget, associate professor of biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, was recently recognized by the National Conference of Governor’s Schools (NCoGS) for his many years of dedication to that organization and to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS) and for his tenure as the PGSS director. Berget was honored at a recognition dinner on Friday, October 8, at Chatham Village Clubhouse on Mount Washington as part of the biennial conference of the NCoGS, which facilitates communication between various summer residential Governor’s Schools throughout the United States.
“As director of the PGSS, Peter was actively involved in the NCoGS. Many members of this group remember Peter as an advocate for the Governor’s School programs and the benefits for participating high school students. Although he has passed the directorship on to someone else, he remains a strong supporter of the work and ideology of Governor’s Schools,” said Karen Narkevic, director of the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Health Care.
From 1993–2000 Berget was director of the PGSS, which is held at Carnegie Mellon each summer. Since its 1982 inception, nearly 2000 talented Pennsylvania high school students have participated in the PGSS. During the intensive 5-week program, PGSS students experience educational and research activities not normally available to them through their high schools.
“The greatest experience of the PGSS was that I was touched by, and irrevocably changed by, nearly all of the PGSS scholars who passed through the program. Their joy in discovering kindred souls who love to learn as much as they do brightened my outlook for the future of our society,” said Berget.