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At HSTA's 2016 Science Symposium, students learn about portable PET brain scanners under development at WVU that could help researchers better understand day-to-day brain functions and neurological disorders like dementia, depression, and stroke damage.

The Health Sciences & Technology Academy, known as HSTA, is a one-of-a-kind mentoring program in the state of West Virginia that helps select high school students enter and succeed in STEM-based undergraduate and graduate degree programs. HSTA marshals the efforts of hundreds of mentors―teachers, community members, higher-education faculty and staff, and the HSTA participants themselves―through a framework that supports students facing social and financial challenges to obtaining a diploma and moving on to college.

HSTA Scholars Are . . .

80%  rural

32%  African American

73%  female

73%  first-generation college attendees

63%  financially disadvantaged

And They Achieve Phenomenal Success

2,370 of them have completed the program since 1998

99% have attended college

91% of those students have earned a degree from a West Virginia college or university

85% of our college graduates continue to live and work in West Virginia

$30,000 per year is what they earn on average above their parents’ highest salaries