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HSTA Students Cultivate Research Abilities at Bluefield State College

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    Thursday, June 05 2014
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

(Bluefield)— A rapidly growing community of students at Bluefield State College is actively engaged in a wide range of biomedical and microbiology research initiatives, with many of the students building on research skills cultivated by participating in the Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA). HSTA is a math and science enrichment program designed to inspire minority and underrepresented students in West Virginia to develop their interest in the sciences and technology.

Since 2009, BSC's student population has included at least 30 HSTA students, all of whom have received waivers that have helped to offset the cost of tuition. "Bluefield State College has helped many students coordinate their HSTA waivers with grants and/or scholarships that combine to cover the cost of tuition and fees when they attend BSC," observed Dr. Jo-Ann Robinson, the College's Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Dr. Robinson also observed that HSTA waiver recipients can choose from a variety of academic majors in addition to science.

HSTA students conduct inquiry-based projects emphasizing science, math, and computer technology and deliver presentations at the annual Summer Institute at West Virginia University and at the Spring Symposium. Additionally, students conduct community-based science projects mentored by scientists, teachers, health professionals, students, and volunteer community leaders during the school year. Recently, Dr. Tesfaye Belay, a BSC Biology professor serving as a judge in the HSTA Symposium, described the work of four current high school students and 11 HSTA alumni who have conducted research in his laboratory.

For additional information regarding HSTA and Bluefield State College, interested individuals are encouraged to contact Dr. Jo-Ann Robinson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (304) 327-4567.