Thursday, July 08, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

More than 100 students to take part in HSTA Summer Institute

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – More than 100 rising 10th-grade students from throughout West Virginia will be on Marshall University’s Huntington campus July 11-16 to have “Fun With Science” by participating in the Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute.

David Cartwright, the camp director, described HSTA as “an innovative and highly successful academic and enrichment initiative designed to encourage high school students to pursue college degrees in the health sciences.”

“This statewide program is structured to enroll African American youth to offset the disparity of African Americans as professionals in related fields of study, while also targeting low-income and first-generation students,” Cartwright said.

HSTA, which was started by West Virginia University in 1994 with 45 students from two counties, is now offered in 26 counties. The ninth- through 12th-grade students take part in the program throughout the school year by being involved with clubs in their high schools.

The kickoff dinner for the “Fun With Science” summer institute at Marshall is at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 11 in multipurpose room BE5, located on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center. In addition to the students, many HSTA teachers, field site coordinators and some of Marshall’s faculty and staff will attend the dinner.

The emphasis this year, Cartwright said, is on wellness. Last year the emphasis was on diabetes.

“This year encompasses diabetes as well,” he said. “We will talk wellness and the skills they need to live a healthy life. We will teach our students this year about healthy eating, diabetes prevention and exercise techniques, like Zumba, and strength training.”

Cartwright said “Fun With Science” will help students develop critical thinking skills and study skills that will help them as they advance through high school and college. He said 97 percent of students who complete four years of HSTA activities in high school later attend college.

“Many of these kids would not otherwise go to college,” Cartwright said. “Just ask any of the parents – they really believe in HSTA.”

For more information on the HSTA summer institute, contact Helen Bonham by phone at 304-696-4672 or by e-mail at

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
Fax: (304) 696-3197