Metro students' scientific research earns national recognition

Smart kids. We got 'em. How smart?

This smart. Take a look at our three national semi-finalists in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology:

Student: Jansen Gibson - MLK Mentor: Jessica Oster, Ph.D. Project: Paleoclimatic reconstruction of early Holocene coastal California using speleothem archives

Student: Young-Hun Kim, Hume-Fogg Mentor: Hak-Joon Sung, Ph.D. Project: Effect of Electrospun Combinatorial Polymer Composition and Alignment on the Differentiation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Student: Tiannan Zhou, Hume-Fogg Mentor: Craig Lindsley, Ph.D. Project: A Simple, Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Functionalized N-Substituted Quinazolinones

These three junior scientists attend the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, a cooperative program between Metro Schools and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. They get a first rate science research experience one day per week for all four years of high school.

It seems to be paying off, too. The Siemens Competition is a very prestigious contest for advanced students.

Congratulations to all of you!

Here's the official release from SSMV:

The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV), a program of the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach, is excited to announce that three seniors have been recognized as semifinalists in the national Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology for their research projects.


Siemens named 334 semifinalists representing 33 states and one international semifinalist from Guam. Tennessee has six semifinalists.

Students in the SSMV begin working with a Vanderbilt University faculty member in their junior year to complete a research internship. While in the laboratory, students contribute to the scientific research goals of the professor through completion of an independent project. Students then present this research project in several formats and compete in several national science competitions including the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. SSMV students competing in this year’s competition are members of the class of 2014.

The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt offers high school students a 4-year interdisciplinary, research-centered learning experience. It is a joint venture between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and a program of the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach under the direction of Virginia Shepherd, Ph. D.

The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt has received support from a National Institutes of Health NCRR Science Education Partnership Award, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and other generous donors.