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Eighth graders can jumpstart high school and college studies by applying to SSMV

[youtube] Holding a real human brain is something Carlos never thought he would ever do, but a STEM program at Vanderbilt helps the sophomore at Hume-Fogg Magnet High School explore his interests.

The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV) begins taking applications on Monday, January 2.  A joint venture between the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach (CSO) and Metro Schools, the four-year high school program is held on Vanderbilt's campus and is led by a team of Ph.D. scientist instructors. Metro Schools eighth graders or eighth graders who plan on attending a Metro Schools high school are eligible to apply.

"The SSMV is the hardest, craziest, most wonderful thing that has happened to me," Carlos said. "Thanks to the SSMV, I have gotten to do things that I would have never even dreamed of doing, at least I don't think I would ever dream of holding a brain. It's the highlight of my week, and I always look forward to it because I know that I'll get to expand my knowledge in the craziest, most unimaginable ways possible."

When he's not reading scientific articles on self-healing clothes and robotic stingrays, Carlos spends his time volunteering with adult English language learners and teaching basic math and computer skills.

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

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