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HSTA Institute draws about 100 high school students from West Virginia
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s College of Science will be host to about 100 rising ninth- and 10th-grade students next week as they take part in the Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute.
Fun with Science at Marshall University, which enables the students to learn more about science and the opportunities that are available to students majoring in science, is Sunday, July 16 through Friday, July 21 on MU’s Huntington campus.
“The students will study the human digestive system, create models of the digestive organs, learn about nutrition and the value of healthful eating, discuss multiculturalism and what it means in their lives and also learn fresh ways to look at mathematics,” Program Director E. David Cartwright said.
Cartwright said the program is important for the HSTA students in many ways.
“First, for many of them, this is their first experience with a university setting,” he said. “They learn to be comfortable at a university, and that they belong here. Second, they get to make friends from students that live in different counties in West Virginia, embracing and enjoying the diversity West Virginia culture has to offer. Lastly, it is important that the HSTA students find Marshall University a warm and friendly place so that in the future, they may chose us as their university.”
HSTA is an internationally recognized, community-based program that provides academic enrichment for West Virginia high school students in grades nine through 12. Students participate in the program throughout the school year by being involved with clubs in the high schools. The program is offered in 26 West Virginia counties.
The goal of HSTA is to increase the number of underrepresented and minority students who complete a post-secondary education in the health professions and remain in West Virginia as primary care givers. The program was established with 45 students from two counties in 1994.
The opening ceremony and dinner for this year’s HSTA Summer Institute is at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 16 in the Memorial Student Center’s Don Morris Room.
For more information, persons may contact Cartwright at (304) 696-6024 or visit the HSTA Web site at www.wv-hsta.org.