HSTA students on the Huntington campus this week

Marshall University, in collaboration with West Virginia University, is hosting its annual Health Science and Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute this week 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 Sunday with an opening ceremony and dinner. 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 were in attendance.

“The 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 is on diabetes prevention.