The Health Sciences & Technology Academy, known as HSTA, is a one-of-a-kind mentoring program in the state of West Virginia that helps participating high school students enter and succeed in STEM-based undergraduate and graduate degree programs. HSTA marshals the efforts of hundreds of mentors―teachers, community members, higher-education faculty and staff, and the HSTA participants themselves―through a framework that supports students facing social and financial challenges to obtaining a diploma and moving on to college.
Our Mission And Project Goal
Our mission is to increases the number of African American and other underrepresented students in West Virginia who pursue degrees in health sciences and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors, thereby increasing the number of health practitioners and advocates in the medically underserved communities of West Virginia.
During summer camp HSTA students spend a week (or three, if they are a senior) taking classes, attending workshops, going on field trips, making friends, and having fun. Students get to experience what it's like to live on a college campus, learn skills they need for college, and get to know HSTA students from other parts of the state.
Incoming freshmen will attend Marshall University this July at Fun with Science Camp! Students will be engaged in a number of activities that teach basic science skills, engineering, math and critical thinking.
Rising sophomores will attend Glenville State College where they will be immersed in a week long forensics experience.
Rising juniors will attend West Virginia University at Biomed Camp! Students will be in different groups to have an in-depth experience with various faculty members. Topics range from public health to zebra fish!
Rising seniors will attend West Virginia University for three weeks! Through this mini college experience they will earn four free college credits in Statistics and Service Learning.
“What I love most about this HSTA Summer camp is that it was fun. I had learned a lot of things that I didn't even know I would remotely think I could ever understand. This is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I met a lot of new friends and multiple people that can help me on my journey through college and life.”
- Senior Camp
“It has giving me a lot of choices for careers for the future. It is a really good program and I'm really glad I'm in it.”
- Fun with Science
We Need Your Help
We are hosting our first annual Summer Camp Drive! All donations will support HSTA students during their 2019 Summer Camp. Camp is free for all HSTA students and we rely on generous support from donors to help accomplish this!
How To Help
Contribute today! All proceeds raised through donation, whether small or large, will go towards HSTA and help students attend the 2019 summer camp!If you give $30 or more, you will receive one HSTA t-shirt! See a picture below of the shirt!
Spread the word! Ask your family, friends, and co-workers to help share the campaign.
Choose a giving level
Provides evening snacks
Thank you! Your support provides the opportunity to purchase evening snacks for a HSTA student for a week long camp.
Thank you! Your support provides the opportunity to purchase lab supplies for a HSTA student for a week long camp. Students are engaged in numerous lab activities from dissections, forensic investigations, using zebra fish to understand human health and many more!
Thank you! Your support provides the opportunity to fund a rising HSTA senior at senior camp. During this camp students earn a total of four college credits. This summer they will take Statistics 111 and Service Learning.
Thank you! Your support provides the opportunity to fund a HSTA student for a day attending Forensics and Fun with Science Camps. This donation will help cover the cost of housing, meals, lab supplies, snacks, and activities.
Thank you! Your support provides the opportunity to purchase general supplies for students who come to camp. If students are missing toiletries, bedding, etc, HSTA will cover the cost and allow the students to take the supplies home with them.
Thank you! Your support provides the opportunity to fund an evening activity for a HSTA Camp. Students are in class all day engaged in STEM and Health Science activities and the evening activities allow students to have a little fun and build relationships with HSTA students around the state.