04/13/2005

East Fairmont High to Host HSTA Science Symposium

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Health Sciences Technology Academy (HSTA) will hold its 11th annual State Science Symposium at East Fairmont High School from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 16, with registration beginning at noon.  Students in 75 clubs from around the state will present the findings and results of research or community service projects that focus on health issues. This is the first time that Fairmont has hosted the symposium and the first time that the symposium has been held in the northern part of the state.

“The health-related research and community service projects are the culmination of the community-based component of the HSTA program,” said Ann Chester, Ph.D., director of HSTA. “It is an exciting reunion when nearly 1,000 members of the HSTA family gather together.”

HSTA reaches out to 9th-12th grade under-represented students and follows them to college and towards professional school to help them prepare for health care careers.  The goal of the program is to nurture the ambitions of talented students who, for economic or other reasons, might not ordinarily achieve these career goals. HSTA is a partnership among numerous units of West Virginia University, West Virginia State College, West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnership and many Appalachian communities. The program brings minority and disadvantaged students and their teachers to campus each summer for clinic, laboratory and classroom training and enrichment activities. HSTA then provides the infrastructure and support for community-based science projects mentored by teachers, health professions students and volunteer community leaders during the school year. 

HSTA aims to increase the college-going rate among under-represented students in the Appalachian region, to improve science and math education, to empower communities through leadership development of their youth, and, ultimately, to increase the number of health care providers in West Virginia's currently under-served rural communities.

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For more information:
Cathy Morton-McSwain, HSTA, (304) 847-2372
cathymmc@yahoo.com
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