FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153
HSTA Summer Institute to attract 112 students from southern West Virginia
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – About 112 high school students from southern West Virginia will visit Marshall University’s Huntington campus July 13-18 to take part in the annual Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute, conducted in collaboration with West Virginia University.
This will be the 10th year of “Fun With Science” at Marshall, which enables the students to learn more about science and the opportunities that are available to students majoring in science.
“The Health Sciences and Technology Academy's (HSTA) vision was founded in 1994 on the faith, resilience, spirit and commitment of individuals, communities and universities throughout the state,” said Ann Chester, state director of HSTA. “HSTA is a 9th-12th grade math and science enrichment program built in West Virginia, by West Virginians, for West Virginians which encourages aspirations, opens doors, and empowers minority and underrepresented students and communities.
“This partnership brings students and teachers to campuses each summer for laboratory and classroom training and activities. The partnership then provides the infrastructure and support for community-based science projects mentored by scientists, teachers, health professionals, students and volunteer community leaders during the school year. Through HSTA, our students and alumni are building a better tomorrow by improving our education, our lifestyles, our health literacy and our communities today.”
The week will get underway at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 13, with the annual HSTA Summer Institute kickoff dinner in room BE5, located on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. All 112 students, plus many HSTA club teachers, HSTA field site coordinators and MU department chairs, faculty and staff will attend the dinner.
“This statewide initiative was created to inspire and teach first-generation, rural and African American youth to attend college and offset the disparity of this population in science and health care professions,” said David Cartwright, director of the HSTA summer Institute.
Cartwright said the program is important for the HSTA students in many ways. One of the most important, he said, is that they find Marshall to be a warm and friendly place so that in the future, they may choose MU as their university.
The goal of HSTA is to increase the number of underrepresented and minority students who complete a postsecondary education in the health professions and remain in West Virginia as primary caregivers. The program was established with 45 students from two counties in 1994.
Co-directors of the event are Maurice Cooley, Dr. Girmay Berhie and Mark Mallory. Helen Bonham will assist Cartwright, Cooley, Berhie and Mallory.