13-year-old from Minnesota is about to graduate from college | national news


MINNEAPOLIS, AP — A 13-year-old boy from Minnesota will soon be graduating from college — with a major in physics and a minor in math.

Elliott Tanner maintains a 3.78 grade point average at the University of Minnesota and participates in undergraduate research while mentoring classmates. He wants to be a theoretical high-energy physicist and ultimately a university professor of physics.

“I have an incredible passion for physics,” he said. “It’s one of my favorite activities.”

Elliott’s mother, Michelle Tanner, said he started reading and doing math when he was 3 years old. After a few years of homeschooling and a high school program that took him two years to complete, he began attending college at the age of 9.

“People who hear Elliott’s story say he doesn’t become a kid or he grew up too fast,” Michelle said. “He’s still a kid and the only difference is he goes to school in a different building.”

In addition to being about to graduate, he has been accepted into the University of Minnesota’s Ph.D. program in physics. Now her parents are trying to figure out how to pay for it.

“We just try to explore all of our options and find dead ends,” Michelle said. “I’m trying to apply for scholarships, fellowships, grants, and we haven’t been successful.”

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