Published on June 12, 2018 by Sean Flynt
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.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized 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 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.