Marshall University will host the annual Health Science & Technology Academy's summer institute July 14-19, the university recently announced.
Officials anticipate 112 ninth-graders from southern West Virginia participating in the institute, which will kick off at 5 p.m. July 14 in the lower level of the Memorial Student Center, the news release states.
Designed to encourage high schoolers to pursue college degrees in health sciences, the institute exposes students to hands-on research and lab experience, the news release states.
Students will practice suturing using simulated skin and pigs feet, will listen to the heartbeats of patients and will observe simulated laparoscopic surgery.
HSTA started its summer institutes in 1994, hosting 45 students from two counties.
Now, the institute sees about 800 students from 26 counties. This is Marshall's ninth year sponsoring a summer institute.
"We are going to expose rising ninth-graders to the activities and things that not only science has to offer but Marshall University has to offer," said David Cartwright, director of the event. "Hopefully, the ‘Fun with Science' institute will help convince many of these students to choose science as a career."