About Our Program

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The MUSC High School Teen Science Ambassador Program aims to engage high school sophomores and juniors in research in an academic medical university setting to develop critical thinking and communication skills and encourage a sense of belonging in STEM. Our focus is to reach individuals from underrepresented and underserved groups in STEM. Over the next five years, we will develop a community of trained Ambassadors who will help increase scientific literacy and outreach in STEM.

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STEM Experiences

  • Comprehensive and Engaging Didactics
  • Hands-on Research Experiences
  • Paid Internships in Clinical Research

Mentorship

  • Training in Near-Peer Mentorship
  • Paired with a Senior Mentor
  • Networking with STEM Professionals

Future Planning

  • Career and College Preparation
  • Financial Literacy Workshops
  • Resume and Interview Training

Program Outcomes

By 2026, 54 students will complete our comprehensive STEM education at a nationally recognized academic medical institution. Our program is aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Additionally, diversity, equity, and inclusion are woven into every aspect of our program. With additional funding, this project can be easily replicated in other communities.

Short Term Outcomes

Our Ambassadors will increase their:

  • Mentoring Ability
  • Communication Skills
  • Access to Mentorship
  • Knowledge of Diversity in STEM
  • Critical Thinking
  • Scientific Literacy
  • Cultural Awareness

Funding to Expand

We want to expand our program to deepen the level of support we can deliver to our Ambassadors. This additional funding would allow our team the ability to better support our students as they pursue their career and educational endeavors.