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VSA Session II – Halfway Through!

Jun. 21, 2013—The week has gone by quickly for our second session of Vanderbilt Summer Academy. In the class room, our students have been busy immersing themselves in the world of advanced scholarship. History students got to get into Vanderbilt’s Civil War archives, to learn what it means to research primary texts. Medicine, Health, and Society students...

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Thinking Back and Gearing Up!

May. 23, 2013—By David J. Dunn, Academic Coordinator There is something about springtime in Nashville that gets a person reminiscing. Walking to the office this morning, I thought about how far Vanderbilt Summer Academy has come since I started with it as an instructor back in 2007. We offered 24 courses over the whole summer, and we...

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A Special Message to the Parents of Rising 8th Graders

Apr. 25, 2013—By David J. Dunn, Academic Coordinator If you go up the main steps to the Wyatt Center on the Peabody Campus of Vanderbilt University, take the elevator to the third floor, and walk to the far end of the hall, you will come upon a very special room. Inside, you will meet a suit of...

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VSA Course Spotlight: Writing Science

Mar. 20, 2013—Quick, who is your favorite scientist? Is it Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, or Stephen Hawking? Or perhaps you’re a fan of Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, or Nikola Tesla? Apart from being scientists, do you know what they all have in common? Writing! Successful scientists like these celebrated men and women can communicate their ideas effectively...

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Spring SAVY 2013 Week 6: World Religions

Mar. 18, 2013—Because of our open house, time this Saturday was even more limited than usual. Our final religion to cover was Buddhism. So I started by posing a problem to the students. In groups, I asked them to answer two questions in three sentences: Why do people suffer? What can we do about it? These are...

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March Intersession Application Deadline Extended!

Mar. 12, 2013—Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth invites current 5th through 8th grade students to experience full-day, accelerated learning during the upcoming March Intersession. We have extended our application deadline to Friday, March 15 at 9:00. Students may register for one or both days. Courses are scheduled for March 18 and March 19 from 9 am –...

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…and those who work with them.

Feb. 18, 2013—The mission of Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth is to develop talent in academically gifted students and those who work with them. One way that we serve the unique needs of gifted learners is to equip teachers and other education professionals. That means we host professional development workshops throughout the year. When it comes to...

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Inside the VSA Admissions Process

Jan. 14, 2013—Originally posted on January 14, 2013 A lot of students are anxiously waiting to hear if they have been accepted into Vanderbilt Summer Academy, and we are working hard to get them answers! But we wanted to take a moment to pull back the curtain and show you how the magic happens! Get ready for...

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