University program seeks to grow young scientists

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – Seventeen high school students have spent the past eight weeks working alongside mentors at Washington University’s medical campus, part of a program designed to attract more young women and minorities to science disciplines at colleges and universities.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that in addition to mentoring, Washington University’s Young Scientist Program pays students $2,500 and provides instruction on applying for college and financial aid.

The lack of diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math has been a concern nationwide.

Organizers of the program say those who complete the Young Scientists Program are eight times more likely to graduate with a degree from a four-year college than their peers in St. Louis public schools. About one-third of them go on to earn graduate degrees.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com