Published on June 12, 2018 by Sean Flynt  
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Students take part in Samford's Minority Youth Science Academy

Thirty-two high school students will attend the Minority Youth Science Academy (MYSA) at Samford University June 17-20. The three-day residential program, created in 2014, offers college preparation and mentoring for outstanding minority high school students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

During the academy, expert faculty will lead student activities in biology, chemistry, physics and computer science. Students also will have opportunities for networking and mentoring, with minority student and professional panels, ACT preparation tips, university admission counseling and a technology industry tour.

Samford chemistry professor Denise J. Gregory, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives, leads the program designed to address the decline of STEM graduates nationally and the historical underrepresentation of minorities in STEM fields.

About Samford UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.