Marquette Catholic High School junior Shane Nichols has been accepted to participate in the PAVE program at Vanderbilt University for five weeks during the summer of 2015.
Nichols, the son of John and Pat Nichols of Godfrey, attended Evangelical School in Godfrey. At MCHS he is a member of the WYSE team (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) and is involved with the baseball team, Scholar Bowl and Spanish Club.
Vanderbilt is a top-ranked undergraduate university in Nashville, Tenn. It is a private research institution and medical center offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. PAVE is a five-week Vanderbilt summer program designed for students planning to enter a college engineering, pre-medical/health care, humanities, science, or technology program. In addition to strengthening the student’s background and having fun, PAVE can help a student decide if an engineering, medical/health care, science, or humanities degree is the right field. Additionally, PAVE is a valuable experience if one is undecided as to a college major.
As a participant, students have the opportunity to improve with problem-solving and critical thinking, technical and reflective writing, computer knowledge, and laboratory skills, as well as the ability to explore the humanities, work on application-oriented team projects and explore emerging technologies, attend a number of special-topic guest lectures/experiences, and change academic selections throughout the program. Additionally, participants who are involved in the musical arts, visual arts, volunteering, athletics, ballet, and dance during the school year can continue these and other passions during the PAVE program. If, after the undergraduate degree, one is considering obtaining a business, humanities, engineering, science, journalism, law, or medical/health care degree, one will benefit from having the experiences that PAVE provides.
The curriculum is well-integrated for a well-rounded college experience. Daily faculty lectures are supplemented with small group discussions and individual instruction from faculty and counselors. Students choose and complete three formal laboratory exercises from a selection of fields developed from surveying the participants’ interests. Students will also have the option to attend a number of participant-driven, special-topic guest lectures and experiences, work on application-oriented team projects that expand on the coursework and labs, explore emerging technologies, and enroll in humanities short courses.
For 11th-grade students planning to take advanced placement or honors mathematics and science courses, the pre-college PAVE program will fortify the senior year and potentially improve ACT, AP, SAT, and TOEFL test scores, while increasing chances for admission when one applies to colleges. This program not only exposes one to campus life, it provides students with the experiences to overcome rough spots they may encounter.
Upon completion of the PAVE program, all students receive a certificate of achievement. Students who have demonstrated exceptional ability, but have not already been admitted to Vanderbilt University, will be considered for fall 2015 admission.