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 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.