WVU’s HSTA honored with Martin Luther King Award

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  –  The Martin Luther King, Jr. West Virginia Holiday Commission honored West Virginia University’s Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) at the Cultural Center in Charleston Saturday, Jan. 19. 

“We’re really proud. Everyone here at the academy is like a big family and when someone else notices these kids’ success that really makes us proud,” said Ann Chester, Ph.D., assistant vice president for social justice for WVU Health Sciences and HSTA project director. 

HSTA was established in 1994 by WVU Health Sciences as a 9th through 12th grade math and science program for minority, underrepresented and rural students in West Virginia.   During the school year, students throughout the state work on community-based projects led by their public school math and science teachers.  Every summer, WVU faculty lead the students through laboratory and clinical experiences.  The goal of the program is to encourage these students to attend college and consider health and science careers.

HSTA was one of four service organizations in the state to be named to this year’s Living the Dream Honor Roll.  Qualifying organizations must have demonstrated one or more of the principals that Dr. King stood for: the promotion of human and civil rights, providing assistance to underserved communities, promotion of tolerance and resolving conflict in a non-violent manner.

For more information on HSTA, visit www.wv-hsta.org.

For more information on the WVU School of Medicine, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/.


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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
rs: 1-18-2008

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