June 15, 2007

MKITS and our summer outreach programs

Summer doesn’t mean the faculty at the Health Science Center get a break. In fact, many of our faculty and staff continue teaching students.

Summer Outreach Participants

Summer program students have been busy in the labs and classrooms around campus, studying everything from the effect of disease on the human lung to avian flu — and even what medical school is really like.

Dr. Harold Sheedlo took some J.P Elder Middle School students into the gross anatomy lab for some hands-on looks at human cardiopulmonary organs last week. He will also guide North Side High School ninth graders through the lab the week of June 25-29, when they have their turn on campus to study avian flu.

The gross anatomy lab is just one stop on the More Knowledge in the Sciences (MKITS) students’ weeklong travels around the HSC campus. Both groups of students also sit in lectures by HSC faculty, participate in question-and-answer sessions, and learn how to use the lab for research.

Dr. Robert Kaman, director of outreach for the health science center’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, said the goal of the Health Science Center’s outreach programs is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students entering biomedical science and health professions.

MKITS Group Photo

The HSC offers a variety of outreach programs designed to benefit a variety of minority students at all levels of education. The Adopt-a-School program reaches students as young as elementary age during the school year and teaches them about health science work through high school. The MKITS program furthers this goal with summer science boot camps and other educational tools.

Dr. Sheedlo, Dr. Armando Rosales, Dr. Robert Routh and Dr. Rusty Reeves will present the structure and success of the program to a National Science Foundation group in Las Vegas, Nev., next week. UNT HSC Logo


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