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Student Spotlights

The SSMV is an exciting and dynamic environment and our students are dynamic as well. Representing 8 different MNPS high schools, our students are not only academically talented and passionate about science but have other interests as well.


Evan - Hume-Fogg Magnet High School - Class of 2015

"My experience at the SSMV has been nothing short of amazing. I have formed meaningful relationships with friends and instructors, and have had incredible experiences alongside them. Being a student at the SSMV has really augmented my overall high school experience by opening doors to me that I never knew existed. The SSMV has shown me that there's so much to science that you could never get from a traditional classroom education, and that being a good scientist goes far beyond doing well in science class. It's really something special, and I'm very grateful for the chance to experience all it has to offer.”

Though he clearly loves science, Evan has always been an avid music fan and we have learned about a lot of great music from the t-shirts he has worn and his excitement about Record Store Day! In his free time he listens to music and browses music blogs. He also tinkers with music production and guitar. On the weekends, you’ll find him hanging out with friends and seeing movies at the Belcourt. We were surprised to learn that he has been a member of an improv troupe for four years, something that he really enjoys doing. He reports that he has applied to ten colleges, and has already been accepted to Beloit College. Congratulations, Evan!


Adella - Hume-Fogg Magnet High School   - Class of 2016

"When I was accepted to the SSMV, I knew I would be exposed to advanced math and science. What I didn't know was how much my work ethic and research, writing, and communication skills would benefit. The most surprising benefit of the SSMV is that it has introduced me to many people I now consider some of my closest friends. It has made my years in high school more well-rounded, challenging, and fun."

When we first met Adella, we were impressed that she was a drummer. She still is but also plays the guitar and is a dedicated volunteer with the Cumberland River Compact. She is on the Hume-Fogg Swim team and you will often find her hiking, biking, kayaking, and otherwise being outdoors. Recently, she and some fellow juniors have begun weekly Ping-Pong games after their SSMV days, a great way to unwind! Adella aspires to become an environmental engineer.


Anveetha - Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School  - Class of 2017

"SSMV is a privilege that I am honored to participate in because SSMV opened a whole new horizon.  It encourages me to bring out my innovative side constantly.  It's giving me an opportunity to listen to highly qualified doctors, researchers, and mentors.  Ever since I started SSMV, I am approaching every problem in a structured and scientific way, regardless of the outcome. I also get to observe the college culture and atmosphere, while working with the best and brightest."

We really enjoy Anveetha’s well-roundedness. She enjoys practicing yoga, listening to music, reading, watching movies, and dancing in the intricate Indian classical style Bharatnatyam: this time of year, she’s busy preparing for the big yearly performance in May. Anveetha also volunteers at the Nashville Public Library and at the Hindu temple in Bellevue. At MLK, she is active in Beta Club, Green Club, and National French Honor Society. 


Taylor - Hillwood High School - Class of 2018

“I feel that the SSMV has altered my view on the high school experience. It has exposed me to what I can achieve and aspire to become. It has led me to pursue certain careers while discarding others. I believe that the SSMV has led me to think higher of myself and my ambitions. I have greatly enjoyed my time at the SSMV thus far.”

We have been impressed by Taylor’s quiet ambition and strength. He is often a leader among his peers. He applies this skill to his activities at Hillwood as well by serving as freshman class treasurer. He also plays on Hillwood's varsity soccer team as a freshman.  Though he thoroughly enjoys playing soccer in his spare time, occasionally, he prefers to relax playing video games and spending time with friends.


If you are interested in applying to be a student at the School for Science and Math, see our  Prospective Students  section or jump straight to the  Application Information Page .

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A Scientist's Guide to Achieving Broader Impacts through K–12 STEM Collaboration by Lisa M. KomoroskeSarah O. HameedAmber I. SzoboszlaiAmanda J. Newsom and Susan L. Williams