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So You’ve Been Waitlisted…Now What?

Apr. 4, 2012—You make a copy of your test scores, you carefully write your essays, you make sure every “i” is dotted and “t” is crossed on your VSA application, put it in an envelope, give it a kiss for good luck, and send it off to Programs for Talented Youth. Maybe this will be your first...

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Super Summer at PTY

Mar. 11, 2012—Summer is coming, and it’s shaping up to be one of PTY’s biggest ever. We will host students from Kindergarten to high school, and we will once again welcome educators to campus for professional development workshops. Vanderbilt Summer Academy 2012 We are looking ahead to a fantastic summer of scholarship, community, and fun on the...

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PTY Staff Highlights

Mar. 7, 2012—PTY welcomes two new program coordinators to the Vanderbilt Summer Academy team.  David Dunn, who earned a PhD in theological studies from Vanderbilt in 2011, joins PTY as a program coordinator after serving as a VSA instructor for five summers.  Amanda Salyer-Funk comes to PTY from Ball State University, where she has served as the...

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New Summer SAVY Course Option

Feb. 13, 2012—Behavioral Ecology: The Social Lives of Crickets is a new course option for rising 6th and 7th graders who will be attending SAVY this July. Get ready to jump into the intriguing social life of crickets! Check out the course description and visit the SAVY page to download an application.

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New Summer SAVY Two-Week Courses for Rising 6th and 7th Graders

Jan. 23, 2012—This summer, Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth will offer two SAVY two-week immersion courses for rising 6th and 7th graders. SAVY Two-Week Immersion will be June 18–22 and June 25–29. Students may choose to attend a morning course, an afternoon course, or both. Each course will run for 2 weeks. Applications and more information are...

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Spring SAVY Kicks Off

Jan. 22, 2012—Spring SAVY 2012 is off to great start! More than 100 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade joined SAVY staff on Vanderbilt’s Peabody College campus on Saturday for a morning of inspiring learning experiences. Visit the SAVY Blog to read more.

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March 15 & 16 Professional Development Workshop to Focus on Differentiation

Jan. 19, 2012—Gifted students often spend most of the school day in general education classrooms.  For teachers, bright students who are already proficient with grade level standards can present potential problems and distractions.  Learning usable differentiation techniques to keep these inquisitive minds engaged can turn a potential pitfall into a true reward. This two-day workshop will focus...

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PTY Receives Grant from Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Jan. 15, 2012—Programs for Talented Youth has been awarded a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to support initiatives that identify gifted low-income students and fund their enrollment in PTY student programs. Through grants, scholarships, and research, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation promotes talent development in promising young students, especially those with financial need. Participation in...

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VSA 2012 Application Available Online

Dec. 31, 2011—Applications for VSA 2012 are now available online.  With course options such as Pharmacology, Number Theory, Astronomy, The American Legal System, Hands-On Anthropology, Math & Music, Memoir Writing, Biomedical Engineering, and many more, you’re sure to find something to spark your interest.  Apply early this year, as all classes, including Med School 101, will be...

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Spring WAVU Applications Available

Dec. 16, 2011—Course listings and downloadable applications are now available for Spring WAVU. The Spring WAVU session will be March 3 & 4, 2012. WAVU is a weekend residential academic program for gifted 7th through 10th grade students. Courses for the spring include Forensic Anthropology, The Short Story, Computer Programming, and more.

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