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Students From Across Region Learning About STEM Careers On Marshall Campus

Reported by: Send eMail Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Jun. 17, 2014 4:38 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 18, 2014 12:59 PM EDT

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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

Jasmine Duncan is a founding member of the Carnegie Hall camp. It's an experience she said helped shape her goals of becoming a doctor.

"I want to be a pediatrician and that came from my love of kids," she said.

Duncan is now a camp peer mentor for high school students exploring potential careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, STEM sectors. Students from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky are part of the camp that over the years has visited campuses in each of the three states.

"This program helps show people what there is out there, and it showed me that I don't have to stay in Kentucky to go to school," said Duncan, who is entering her senior year at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

This year, the camp is visiting Marshall University's campus. About 70 students are learning about topics such as rural health, aging and computer science from professors, doctors, students and administrators.

Dr. Shelvy Campbell, assistant dean for diversity at Marshall University's School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy, said students learning about such topics "will help them think a little more about, 'Hey, this may be a career that would work for me because these are my interests.'"

Taylor Ryan recommends soaking up as much information as possible to find out what you may or may not be interested in as a future career.

"Once you figure out your passion, you can fall into any major I feel like," Ryan said.

Ryan said keep exploring beyond the classroom.

"Try to reach out to as many people as possible, network, rub as many shoulders as you can, meet as many people as you can, let them know that, 'This is what my major is. Can I shadow you? Can I do something that will help me get experience in this field before I graduate?' " Ryan said.

Students will get hands-on experience in fields ranging from medicine and pharmacy to bioengineering through computer mapping, pharmacy compounding, suturing and ear exams.

Campbell said it is very important that students have an opportunity to see things that are done in the different areas.

"It will kind of garner their interests in the STEM fields, and more importantly for me, to see students involved in looking for medicine and pharmacy fields," she said.

Cambell said it's great exposure to bring the students to Huntington for the week.

The camp combines the Health Care Pipeline Initiative and the Carnegie Hall camp. The camp started in Lexington, Ky., several years ago at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

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