The Vulcan Science Academy also spent a deal of time studying sub-quantum transporting but had little success. Earth's expert on transporters, Emory Erickson had been trying to get his hands on some of the Science Academy's research for years to no avail, but later claimed that it was probably just as well, as it might have sent him down the wrong path. (ENT: "Daedalus")
In 2249, Spock decided to join Starfleet rather than attend the Vulcan Science Academy, against the wishes of his father, Sarek. His decision was motivated by the realization that he would never be seen as an equal by the staff, only as someone who had "overcome the handicap" of half-human parentage. (TOS: "Journey to Babel"; Star Trek)
The novelization of the film suggests that, after declining acceptance, Spock salutes the council with a "distinctly Human digital gesture" unfamiliar to them - a raised middle finger - before walking out.