(Editors, News Directors: HSTA students and instructors will be available, Wednesday July 12 at 10 a.m.  in a laboratory setting in the Health Sciences Center in the following areas: DNA Fingerprinting and Cloning, Protein Purity and Activity and Cardiovascular Physiology. Media interested in covering the students, please contact Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087)

HSTA Students Study at WVU

High Schoolers gain lab experience

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – More than 100 students from the Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) of West Virginia University are on campus this week at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.

HSTA provides intensive academic enrichment emphasizing science and math for students from 9th through 12th grade, including laboratory experiences where students work with scientists and clinicians.

Self-esteem building, motivation enhancement, leadership development skills and study skills are incorporated into the week-long program.

“The goal of the program is to increase the college-going rate among under-represented students in the Appalachian region,” said Ann Chester, Ph.D., director of HSTA. “We also aim to improve science and math education, empower communities through leadership development of their youth, and increase the number of health care providers in the state’s under-served rural communities.”

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 WVU, West Virginia State College, West Virginia Rural Health Education partnership and Appalachian communities in 26 counties across the state.

The program brings minority and other under-represented students and their teachers to campus each summer for clinic, laboratory and classroom training and enrichment activities. It 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.

“These 106 students are building their own success story,” said Liz Dooley, professor and chair, educational theory and practice, WVU School of Human Resources and Education and Summer Institute Director. “HSTA history shows that, on average, each graduate will earn $26,000 more than their parents and stay in West Virginia working to make it a better place.”


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Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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