This year, the Health Sciences and Technology Academy Science Symposium is being held at Fairmont State University on Saturday, May 6th. The expected turnout will bring around 400 students grades 9-12 from the central and north-eastern part of the state for a total of approximately 600 visitors when including HSTA faculty, staff and families. This event is a first of what both organizations expect to be a long and successful partnership and provides a great opportunity for FSU to introduce their school to future potential students. The event is open to the public.
HSTA students will spend half of the day presenting the community research projects. They are excited to present their research findings they have worked on throughout the school year and share their knowledge on issues that impact all of us here in West Virginia. The second half of the day will involve breakout sessions where professors will host activities that showcase a few of the many the great opportunities and majors offered at FSU. Students will have the opportunity to meet future professors and make connections.
HSTA works within the state of West Virginia to promote the growth of underrepresented groups of students who pursue degrees in STEM majors to advocate for the underserved communities. HSTA’s goal is to increase the number of high school students pursuing degrees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and health sciences.
HSTA students have a 92% college graduation rate but even more impressive is that 86% of them remain in the state after graduation. These statistic, along with many others, are a wonderful benefit for the state and its communities. The students, who are a part of HSTA, use their newfound talent and expertise to give back to their communities throughout the state. It is an exceptional program that prepares students in high school for college and the workforce in WV.
For additional information or to learn more about HSTA visit their website. wv-hsta.org