Hey eighth graders, picture yourself at SSMV and apply now

nov2015spotlightjaressa Jaressa is a freshman at Hume-Fogg Magnet High School. A flute player for both the Hume-Fogg Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, she is using her award-winning curation skills she learned at John Early Museum Magnet Middle Prep to explore new content areas at the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt University (SSMV).

Now is the time for eighth grade students to consider applying for the the same opportunity. SSMV is accepting applications through February 12.

For Jaressa, applying to SSMV was worth it.

“SSMV really takes you out of your comfort zone. Many of the things I have experienced during my time at SSMV are new and exciting, and I would have never gotten the chance to see these things just on my own," Jaressa says.

The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt is a free, four-year high school program held on the Vanderbilt campus once a week for Metro Schools students that have been accepted to the program. SSMV, led by a team of Ph.D. scientist instructors, is a joint venture between Vanderbilt's Center for Science Outreach and Metro Schools.

Each week, students like Jaressa attend one day on the Vanderbilt campus and their regular high schools the other four days. SSMV students make up all missed work at their high schools, according to SSMV Admissions Coordinator Amanda Dixon.

"Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and they have a variety of interests," Dixon said. "Some are full on scientists already, others are athletes or dramatists. What they have in common is that they are not afraid of hard work. They love asking questions and learning in a collaborative, group problem-solving setting."

Participating in SSMV means getting access to the brightest minds in math and science as well as competing in national academic contests (like Siemens and Intel) that can position you to earn prestigious scholarships for college, Dixon said.

"Prospective students should try to picture themselves here and can take a look at our student spotlight video to get a sense of what it's like from a student perspective," Dixon said.

See the video below:

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For more information on applying to SSMV, here are some helpful links:

Contact SSMV Admissions at 615-322-7132 for any questions.