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Honors STEM Research

The Honors STEM Research program gives upperclassmen the opportunity to explore in real research laboratories. 

Harpeth Hall offers an Honors STEM Research program for selected juniors and seniors interested in conducting scientific research. Qualified students are placed in research laboratories based on their particular interest. Students present their scientific findings at two regional science and engineering fairs in the spring. The course enhances personal development by providing students an opportunity to navigate a university setting, work as part of an academic research team, and communicate results effectively to the scientific community and the general public.

During the 2019-20 school year, 14 juniors and seniors were placed at laboratories at Vanderbilt University and other organizations across Nashville. There, students completed their cutting-edge research on topics including “Characterizing the Relationship between Biological Factors and Cervical Spine Cord Metrics Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)” and the “Effect of Fatigue-Induced Micro-Damage on the Raman Spectra of Bone.”


Past Placements

  • Harpeth Conservancy
  • Peabody College, Department of Special Education
  • TN Environmental Council
  • Vanderbilt Imaging Institute
  • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
  • Vanderbilt University Department of Biological Sciences
  • VU Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • VU Department of Chemical/Biomolecular Engineering
  • VU Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • VU Department of Electrical Engineering & CS
  • VU Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • VU Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • VUMC Department of Bone Biology

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