Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – More than 100 rising 9th- and 10th-grade students will have “Fun With Science” as they visit Marshall University’s Huntington campus Sunday, July 10, through Friday, July 15, to participate in the Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute.

The students from throughout West Virginia will be joined by 11 HSTA teachers, five field site coordinators and Marshall faculty and staff in the summer institute, according to David Cartwright, director of the event.

HSTA is a highly successful academic and enrichment initiative designed to encourage high school students to enroll in college and pursue degrees in the health sciences.

“This statewide program chiefly aspires to enroll African American youth to offset the disparity of African Americans as professionals in related fields of study, while also targeting low-income and first-generation students,” Cartwright said.

Marshall is presenting the institute in collaboration with West Virginia University. HSTA was started in 1994 by WVU with 45 students from two counties. It now averages around 800 students enrolled in the program each year from 26 counties throughout the state.

The emphasis at this year’s summer institute at Marshall is on diabetes. The students will be tested to see if they are pre-diabetic. “The kids are going to learn about diabetes in all of its stages,” Cartwright said.

They also will learn about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including correct eating habits. Activities planned for the week include bowling, roller skating, strength training, yoga and Zumba.

The annual kickoff dinner for the “Fun With Science” summer institute at Marshall is at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 10, in Room BE 5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. Ann Chester, director of the HSTA program in West Virginia, will be among those delivering remarks.

For more information on the 2011 HSTA Summer Institute, contact Helen Bonham at 304-696-4672.