HSTA Summer Institute welcomes 117 rising 9th-graders

Marshall University, in collaboration with West Virginia University, is hosting its annual Health Science & Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute Sunday, July 5, through Friday, July 10, on the Huntington campus.
HSTA is a highly innovative and extraordinarily successful initiative designed to encourage high school students to pursue college degrees in the health sciences. 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.
The activities get underway at 5 p.m. Sunday with the kick-off welcome ceremony and dinner in Room BE 5 of the Memorial Student Center. David Cartwright, director of the summer institute, said 117 rising ninth-graders from southern counties of West Virginia, many HSTA club teachers, HSTA field site coordinators and MU department chairs, faculty and staff are expected to attend the ceremony and dinner.
“Fun with Science Summer Institute at Marshall University will provide opportunities for our students to experience the joys of science through hands-on scientific discovery, wonderful science demonstrations, and meaningful, thoughtful work,” Cartwright said. “These rising 9th-grade students will experience college-like activities on Marshall’s Huntington campus. We hope to make a lasting impression so they will choose Marshall as their college in the future.”
The theme of the week is Fun with Science and the focus will be on Diabetes prevention.