Students attending the Marshall University Health Care Pipeline Initiative gather for an opening event on Monday, June 27, at the Memorial Student Center on the university’s Huntington campus.

More than two dozen high school students from West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio began a four-week immersion experience last week at Marshall University that will showcase a variety of research, technology, health and engineering career opportunities.

Students participating in Marshall’s Health Care Pipeline Initiative participate in interactive hands-on activities that highlight the skills, equipment, technology and resources used by STEM professionals in the fields of health care, pharmacy, nursing, health informatics and engineering.

“This is a group of students who are historically underrepresented in science and math careers,” said Shelvy L. Campbell-Monroe, Ph.D., assistant dean for diversity for the schools of medicine and pharmacy. “So, hands-on engagement and the opportunity to immerse themselves in unique learning experiences is life-changing and could help them identify a new path for their careers.”

As part of the immersion experience, the students live in residence halls, participate in field trips and a career day, and hear from speakers from the business, industry, civil, Army and Department of Defense sectors. The summer program continues through July 22.

The Health Care Pipeline Initiative is a collaborative venture between the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Marshall University School of Pharmacy. It also is supported by the Army Educational Outreach Program, Marshall Health, the Technology Student Association, the Army Education Outreach Program UNITE and Walgreens.

For more information on the Health Care Pipeline Initiative and other summer programs, contact Campbell-Monroe at 304-691-1607 or campbels@marshall.edu.