The CHS Health Sciences Summer Camp is among 50 programs receiving the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.

The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Award winners were selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research, and successful programs and initiatives.

The Health Sciences Summer Camp is designed to give students exposure to education and job opportunities in health sciences, said Alyssa Benjamin, pipeline program coordinator for the College of Health Sciences. The program focuses on students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in higher education, including minorities, low-income and first-generation college students. Nearly 100 students have participated in the CHS Summer Camp since it began in 2017. 

Campers are chosen from a competitive pool of rising, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. Over the course of the week they are given the chance to explore health science majors and careers in an on-campus, college experience. 

This year, 33 students participated in the Health Sciences Summer Camp, held during the first week of August. In addition to visiting each of the departments in CHS, they took field trips to AstraZeneca and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Students presented their pathway projects on Friday, Aug. 9 during closing ceremonies for the camp. Each student received a certificate and a Health Sciences lab coat as a special keepsake.

Read the September 2019 issue of Insight Into DIVERSITY here.

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