Summer Science Institute (SSI)

University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN.
Type Academic Enrichment, High School Students

Description

The Health Careers Program (HCP) Office is offering an unpaid two week Summer Science Institute (SSI) for incoming junior and senior high school students. Outstanding high school students with strong academics, citizenship, community involvement, and commitment to pursuing a career in the sciences are invited to apply. Classroom lectures, experiential learning activities and exposure to academic programs at The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) will be provided. Students will participate in a variety of activities including: fetal pig dissection, medical tours of local centers, career development workshops, a community service project, and an introduction to research.

This highly competitive program will allow students to demonstrate an understanding of comportment, attire, and communication skills (verbal and written) that contribute to academic and career success.

The Health Careers Program (HCP) Office, http://www.uthsc.edu/hcp, is offering an un-paid two week Summer Science Institute (SSI) for incoming junior and senior high school students. Outstanding high school students with strong academics, citizenship, community involvement, and commitment to pursuing a career in the sciences are invited to apply. Classroom lectures, experiential learning activities and exposure to the academic programs at The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) will be provided. Students will participate in a variety of activities such as:

• A fetal pig dissection
• Tours of local medical centers
• Career development workshops
• A community service project
• An introduction to research

This highly competitive program will allow students to demonstrate an understanding of comportment, attire, and verbal and written communication skills that contribute to academic and career success. Space is available under rolling admission until all spots are filled for both sessions. Session 1: June 18 – June 29 and Session 2: July 9 – July 20.

Students are responsible for their own housing and meals. Please note: there are additional fees for parking, early drop off, late pick up, and additional t-shirts, all of which will be discussed in your acceptance packet. Each applicant is responsible for making sure all information is complete, as missing information will delay or prevent the processing of an application. Students most recent report card and two (2) letters of recommendation are also required, one (1) from a science teacher and one (1) from a community leader or another teacher.

Eligibility

Must represent one of the following groups: individuals who are historically underrepresented in science and in the health care professions: underrepresented minority students, non-traditional students, students with disabilities, and students who represent the first in their families to pursue higher education.
• Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university engaged in undergraduate studies. (College graduates, however, will be considered by health professions admission personnel on an individual basis).
• Must clearly demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional degree in allied health, medicine, dentistry or pharmacy.
• Must demonstrate evidence of involvement and leadership in school and/or community activities.

Track I
By the time of application submission:
• Freshman must have completed one semester of general biology or one semester of general chemistry. One semester of college math is also highly desirable. The GPA must be 2.7 in the sciences and 3.0 overall.
• Sophomores must show evidence of having completed 2 semesters of general biology and general chemistry, with a science and overall GPA of 3.0. Additionally, applicants must have completed one semester of organic chemistry or physics.

Track II
Students must have successfully completed all science courses required for the MCAT, PCAT, and DAT professional school entrance examinations, e.g. general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. If there are some required courses still in progress, following the application’s submission, students completing the last of a course requirement must show evidence of its completion before participation.
In addition to meeting these minimum criteria, consideration is given to other factors in the applicant’s background which provide evidence of the applicant’s potential to benefit from TIP, to be admitted to and complete professional school, and to become a successful practitioner. Factors considered by these committees include:
1. Undergraduate school performance at the time of application.
2. Performance in core courses;
3. Public or community service;
4. Personal background;
5. Other factors that bear on an applicant’s potential success.

No one criterion will determine acceptance or rejection. All criteria will be considered collectively in the selection of applicants.

More Information

http://www.uthsc.edu/HCP/descriptions.php
Summer Science Institute / Health Career Programs, 8 South Dunlap, Room BB9
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-8772 or 1-800-998-8654
Fax: (901) 448-1451