Published on April 1, 2014 by Sean Flynt  
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Samford University will host a Minority Youth Science Academy July 6-9 to help prepare outstanding minority high school students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The rising 10th-12th grade students will live on Samford's campus as they participate in:

• experiments in biology and engineering/technology
• college application counseling
• study skills and test preparation
• social activities
• networking and mentoring
• Q&A with minority scientists and college science students

Chemistry professor and Samford Director of Diversity Denise Gregory said she and biology professor Drew Hataway created the program to help address a nationwide dearth of minorities in STEM fields. “From the creative and innovative experiences and hands on experiments planned, we hope to spark an interest in the participants that will lead them to strongly consider science education as a course of study which will lead to a career path in science,” Gregory said.

MYSA registration is $350, including tuition, room and all meals. A small number of need-based scholarships are available.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.