WVU Youth Activities

Other: Health Sciences Technology Academy (HSTA)

DescriptionHSTA is a West Virginia only program in 26 counties initiated in 1994, which reaches out to 9th-12th grade underrepresented students. The program follows students to college and towards professional school to help them prepare for STEM and health care careers. The goal is to nurture the ambitions of talented underrepresented students who might not ordinarily chose college or science based careers, and to bring healthcare and medical knowledge back to their communities. The program brings underrepresented students and their teachers to campus each summer for laboratory and classroom training and enrichment activities then provides the infrastructure and support for community based science projects mentored by scientists, teachers, health professions students and volunteer community leaders during the school year. HSTA teaches high school teachers to guide Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and partners STEM researchers with high school students to complete in-depth research projects that improve HS student STEM skills and positively impact health in their communities. Through these inquiry based research experiences, students build bridges between scientific research and the local community, improving health literacy while teachers improve STEM education across the state.
Tags:Health Sciences, Math, Science, wellness
County:Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio, Preston, Raleigh, Roane, Taylor, Tucker, Webster
Age Group:High School
Enrollment:Restricted. Students are selected by local governing boards based on need.
Sponsored By:WV state legislature, NIH, Benedum, Hostler
Contact:Ann Chester (achester@hsc.wvu.edu 304-293-1026)