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HSTA Summer Institute attracts 80
students from West Virginia;
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – About 80 rising ninth-grade students from throughout West Virginia will visit Marshall University’s Huntington campus July 15-20 to participate in the Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute.
HSTA is an internationally recognized, community-based program that provides academic enrichment for the participating students. The students take part in the program throughout the school year by being involved with clubs in their high schools. The program is offered in 26 West Virginia counties.
The institute at Marshall, titled “Fun With Science,” enables the students to learn more about science and the opportunities that are available to students majoring in science. It is one of three HSTA summer institutes, according to David Cartwright, program director of the event at Marshall. Others, he said, are at West Virginia University and West Virginia State University.
“Students participating in ‘Fun With Science’ will learn about digestion through working in wet labs and the effects of diabetes on the body and its prevention,” Cartwright said. “They also will meet with local area doctors and learn about diversity in West Virginia.”
Cartwright said College Night, scheduled for Wednesday, July 18, will be an opportunity for the students to see “the beauty of Marshall University and the Marshall Community and Technical College.”
“It is important that the HSTA students find Marshall a warm and friendly place so that in the future, they may choose us as their university,” Cartwright said.
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 in 1994 with 45 students from two counties.
The opening ceremony and dinner for the “Fun With Science” Institute is at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15 in the John Marshall Room on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center. “Fun With Science” teachers will be trained at Marshall during the week of July 9-13.
More information is available by calling Cartwright at (304) 696-6024 or by visiting the HSTA Web site at www.wv-hsta.org.