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At HSTA's 2016 Science Symposium, students learn about portable PET brain scanners under development at WVU that could help researchers better understand day-to-day brain functions and neurological disorders like dementia, depression, and stroke damage.

The Health Sciences & Technology Academy, known as HSTA, is a one-of-a-kind mentoring program in the state of West Virginia that helps select high school students enter and succeed in STEM-based undergraduate and graduate degree programs. HSTA marshals the efforts of hundreds of mentors―teachers, community members, higher-education faculty and staff, and the HSTA participants themselves―through a framework that supports students facing social and financial challenges to obtaining a diploma and moving on to college. 


2,370  high school students have graduated from HSTA since 1998

99%  of HSTA graduates attend college

91%  of these students earn a degree

85%  of our college graduates live and work in West Virginia

West Virginia colleges and universities provide tuition waivers to HSTA graduates

$30,000  per year is what HSTA graduates earn on average above their parents’ highest salaries


HSTA students are:


80%  rural

32%  African American

73%  female

73%  first-generation

63%  financially disadvantaged