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Academy aims to broaden students' scientific horizons

Jul. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Students interested in pursuing careers in science were privy to a complete hands-on experience during the annual Heath Science and Technology Academy "Fun With Science" Summer Institute this past week on Marshall University's campus.

A little more than 100 students from throughout West Virginia participated in the program this week, where they had access to research and lab opportunities with the assistance and guidance of Marshall University College of Science professors and students along with high school teachers. Students from Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine also are involved with the event, during which they offered suturing and heartbeat workshops to participants.

The "Fun With Science" summer institute is structured to enroll a high percentage of African-American youth to offset the disparity of African-Americans as professionals in related fields of study, according to a press release from the university.

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