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VSA Session II – Wunderkind (an etymology poem)

Jun. 24, 2013—One of our VSA students in “The Lyric” has volunteered to share some original poetry. Enjoy! Wunderkind (an etymology poem) Of German origin, waiting to inspire with age so surprising. Wonder child, listen to banter of the common; you are not as they are. Reaching ever higher, not wishing it would change, but using elbow...

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VSA Session II Star Party

Jun. 24, 2013—We asked a few students to share some of their favorite experiences from VSA. In this reflection, a student in “A-House” talks about her Astronomy class’s “Star Party.* I step out of the elevator with the rest of my class. It’s just after 8:00 on a warm Wednesday evening. In front of me, there’s a...

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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 Application Essay: By the Power of Grayskull!

Apr. 1, 2013—When you apply to Vanderbilt Summer Academy, you have to answer a couple of essay questions. One is about why you want to take your first ranked course. For the other, you can select from three different options. The VSA team has a great time reading these essays, so we thought we’d write a few...

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VSA Application Essay: A Year with Who?

Mar. 25, 2013—When you apply to Vanderbilt Summer Academy, you have to answer a couple of essay questions. One is about why you want to take your first ranked course. For the other, you can select from three different options. The VSA team has a great time reading these essays, so we thought we’d write a few...

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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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…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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