Hillsboro senior a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search

We just couldn't be more proud of the work Metro Schools' students can do. Take a look at what Hillsboro High School senior Alex Jolly has done working alongside Vanderbilt University researchers. And if you would like your child to have the same opportunities, learn more about applying for the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt.

From an article on news@Vanderbilt:

Hillsboro High School senior Alex Jolly advanced to the semi-finals in the Intel Science Talent Search with his research project, “Activation of Silent Biosynthetic Pathways in Cave Microorganisms for Drug Discovery.”

The study was conducted under the guidance of Brian Bachmann, associate professor of chemistry at Vanderbilt University, who partnered with the teen as part of Jolly’s participation in the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV), a program of the Center for Science Outreach.

A joint venture between Vanderbilt and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, SSMV offers high-achieving MNPS high school students an interdisciplinary, research-centered learning experience. Participants attend classes at the Wyatt Center on the Peabody College campus one full day per week. Seven state-approved honors elective courses are offered, which include interaction with Vanderbilt faculty.

“The SSMV is proud of Alex,” said Angela Eeds, SSMV director. “We are grateful for the mentorship provided by Dr. Bachmann and many other Vanderbilt faculty who share their time and research, enriching this unique partnership between the University and the MNPS school district.”


Read more on the Vanderbilt website.