A summer camp at Southern Methodist University in Dallas is grooming 80 future scientists and doctors from minority groups under-represented in those fields.
A study by the National Academy of Sciences found that among college students, only about 3 percent of African-Americans, Hispanics, or Native Americans major in science or math. The Physician Scientist Training Program (STEMPREP) is trying to increase those numbers by starting with middle schoolers.
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Seventh and eighth grade students are spending six weeks living and studying on campus at SMU, under the direction of former hand surgeon Dr. Charles Knibb.
“Everyone was born to do something, so I’m guessing that here is what I was born to do,” said Bryant Lozano, saying he was born to be a scientist.
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