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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 2022-23 school year, 11 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 “Quantification of Riparian Vegetation at Various Sites along the Harpeth River” and the “Exploration on the Mechanism Underlying a Facilitated Growth of Colon Cancer Cells in Murine Peritoneal Cavity.”




Chekayli Meyer '23 was one of two winners at the Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair. The two students had the opportunity to represent Middle Tennessee at Regeneron's International Science and Engineering Fair 2023 in Dallas, TX. Chekayli's research project titled "Optimal Acquisition and Processing Strategies for Accurate and Precise Neurite Orientation Dispersion and Density Imaging (NODDI) Modeling of the Spinal Cord," was conducted at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Radiological Sciences with Dr. Kurt G. Schilling.




- 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 Hematology and Oncology · VU Department of Mechanical Engineering · VU Department of Physics and Astronomy · VUMC Department of Bone Biology · VUMC Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology · VUMC Department of Radiological Sciences



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