HSTA: Health Sciences & Technology Academy

General Information about HSTA

HSTA is a community based 9th -12th grade math and science program which encourages aspirations, opens doors, and empowers minority and under-represented students in rural communities. The goal of HSTA is to increase the number of African-American and other under-represented high school students that pursue post-secondary education in the health sciences and to increase the number of health practitioners in the medically under-served communities of West Virginia. Students are accepted according to the eligibility requirements prioritized as: African-American, Financially Disadvantaged (qualifies for or receives free or reduced lunch), First Generation College Student (parents never completed 4 year college), and Rural. Students are recruited in the last semester of the eighth grade and must have a GPA of at least 2.50. Students must be a United States citizen and a West Virginia resident.

Currently HSTA has a student population of 800 high school students in 26 WV counties. The 2008-2009 student population is: 34% African-American, 39% Free or Reduced Lunch Eligible, 58% First Generation College, and 49% Rural. A GPA of 3.00 is required after the ninth grade. Attendance of 70% of all club meetings is required and clubs meet a total of 24 hours per semester. By high school graduation students must have attended at least two HSTA summer camps and have completed 75 hours of community service. Students complete and present a yearly science project at the annual state Science Symposium.

HSTA is in 26 counties and has 78 clubs in 49 high schools.

The WV-INBRE program hopes to recruit from this pool of high-achieving HSTA graduates once they enter college. By attending HSTA club meeting and other events, the WV-INBRE/HSTA coordinator hopes to plant the seed of interest in biomedical research and educate these students about the opportunities of the program should they attend one of the partner institutions within the WV-INBRE network. By having undergraduates who have participated in the INBRE program speak at some HSTA events, the HSTA students can ask questions about the research and the experience.

Research Internship for HSTA Scholars at West Virginia University & Marshall University

WV-INBRE program will provide funding for HSTA scholars attending West Virginia University and Marshall University to participate in biomedical science research. A maximum of 6 internships (3 at WVU/3 at MU) will be available. Funding will be provided to pay the student $10/hour to work for 15 hours per week for 25 weeks on the research for the 2017-2018 academic year. Projected start date of the internship is October 1 2017 and funding will continue until April 30, 2018. To learn the list of mentors at West Virginia University and Marshall University, respectively, please refer to the WVU/Marshall mentors Directory.

Online Application for Research Internship for HSTA Scholars at WVU & Marshall University
WV-INBRE-Participating WVU/Marshall University Mentors Directory

Research Internship for HSTA Scholars at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs)

WV-INBRE program will provide funding for HSTA scholars attending Alderson Broaddus College, Bluefield State College, Fairmont State University, Shepherd University, University of Charleston, West Liberty University, and West Virginia State University. WV-INBRE funded faculty are undergoing biomedical science research. Funding will be provided to pay the student $10/hour to work as many as 20 hours per week for 25 weeks on the research for the 2016-2017 academic year. Projected start date of the internship is mid-October 2016 and funding will continue until April 30, 2017 or until funding runs out. To discover the list of mentors at these institutions, please refer to the PUIs Mentors Directory.

Online Application for Research Internship for HSTA Scholars at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs)
WV-INBRE- Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) Mentors Directory