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High School seniors advance in prestigious Siemens competition 

The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt meets at Wyatt Center. (Vanderbilt)
The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt meets throughout the school year at Peabody’s Wyatt Center. High achieving high school students learn from Vanderbilt professors in the classroom and the laboratory. (Vanderbilt)

Three area high schools students were selected as semifinalists in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, nation’s premier research competition for high school students.

The students—all seniors in Metro Nashville Public Schools—were recognized for projects they completed as part of their participation in The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV), a program of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development. High achieving students selected for SSMV attend instruction at Peabody’s Wyatt Center one school day per week throughout high school, and conduct a final research project during their senior year.

The semifinalists are:

Micah Foster
Micah Foster

Micah Foster

Hume-Fogg Magnet High School

“The SNARE-Clamp Protein Complexin 1 Regulates Synaptic Remodeling”

Mentor: David Miller, Cell & Developmental Biology

Alice Irizarri
Alice Irizarri

Alice Irizarry

Hillsboro High School

“Accuracy of Resting Functional MRI for Language Lateralization in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy”

Mentor: Victoria Morgan, Radiology & Radiological Sciences

Anna Reside
Anna Reside

Anna Reside

Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School

“Stable Isotope Ecology of the Arid Adapted Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus)”

Mentor: Larisa DeSantis, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Foster, Irizarry and Reside are among five semifinalists from Tennessee. None advanced as finalists.

Nearly 1,600 projects were submitted to the Siemens competition this year, and 498 students from independent and team projects were selected as semifinalists nationwide.

SSMV students begin working hands-on with a Vanderbilt 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 their research project in several formats and compete in several national science competitions.

More about SSMV

SSMV is a function of the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach in the Department of Teaching and Learning, under the direction of Virginia L. Shepherd. The program has received support from a National Institutes of Health NCRR Science Education Partnership Award, Metro Nashville Public Schools and other generous donors.

Read more about this program in the Peabody Reflector.

Program Contact:
Angela Eeds, (615) 322-7132