Washington University program seeks to grow young scientists
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 said 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.