On July 21st, the CHC Center of Excellence hosted a closing ceremony to recognize twenty-five (25) high school students for their successful completion of the STARS and STRIPES. Summer Enrichment program. The 13 Student Training for Academic Reinforcement in the Sciences (STARS), and the 12 Special Training to Raise Interest and Prepare for Entry into the Sciences (STRIPES) participants included students from 7 local high schools.
Dr. Errol D. Crook, Director and Principal Investigator of the Center of Excellence, opened the program by giving a brief overview of the program, welcoming all in attendance and congratulating the students on a successful summer. He then recognized Dr. Hattie M. Myles, retired Co-cor
e Director of Community Outreach, for her outstanding legacy of service to the Center, the University of South Alabama and the community. Dr. Myles presented the Keynote in which she provided a heartfelt, “real talk” message of perseverance, dedication, and hard work. Finally, four former STRIPES graduates who participated in 2017 CHC Undergraduate Research Program, spoke on their undertaking of various research projects and gave the student participants a glimpse into college life.
Funded as a part of the NIMHD Center for Excellence, the STARS and STRIPES program activities include:
- Academic enrichment sessions during the summer
- Participation in community service activities and health advocacy
- An eight-week internship in a health care provision site or a medical research facility upon high school graduation
Read more about the STARS and STRIPES program