June 17 – June 24, 2018

Welcome From The Dean

Welcome to the web site for the Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health (STAPH). On this site you will be able to find information on this exciting program, entering its eighth year in 2018.

Purpose of STAPH

The Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health (STAPH) offers highly-talented students interested in science and health a head start on college life and future careers in medicine and allied health professions. Students live as college students while exploring the work of medical professionals: they move into a residence hall, adapt to living with a roommate, eat dorm food, make new friends, attend classes, and—most importantly—they work with highly regarded faculty and health professionals from Truman State University and A.T. Still University of Health Sciences—home of the very first college of Osteopathic Medicine.

We believe that many rising high school juniors and seniors will benefit from this intensive experience challenging them academically and stimulating their interest in health professions. The primary goal of STAPH is, and will always be, that our students leave with an increased appreciation for the excitement of learning, increased engagement with topics in health, and a meaningful sampling of the college experience. Along the way we expect that they will grow both academically and socially as they interact with other high-ability students from across the country and that they will develop a new enthusiasm for careers in health.

Overview of the Program

Professors from Truman State University began contemplating a program like STAPH in 2009 in order to increase interest in health professions among high school juniors and seniors. In particular, these faculty were interested in increasing the number of young people from rural communities entering health professions, as well as the number of students overall who were interested in entering those professions with a shortage of practitioners. In 2010, STAPH was born, with a team of faculty and administrators from Truman State University, and A.T. Still University of Health Sciences working together with local organizations, such as the local Area Health Education Center, to form the curriculum.


Students who are currently enrolled in the 10th or 11th grade may be nominated by their school counselor or principal if they hold a 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the basic sciences.

Students who have previously attended, and successfully completed, Truman’s three-week Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars (JBA), do not need to be nominated; however, they must notify the STAPH office of their interest by the nomination deadline in order to receive application materials and must have the required GPA to be admitted.

Students do not need to provide standardized test scores for admission to the program. However, since entry into the program is competitive, students are welcome to submit such scores if they feel that they will strengthen their application. Grades, letters of support, and essays, as well as optional test scores, will all be considered when making admissions decisions.

The number of students admitted to the program will be limited to no more than 50 students.

Important Dates

  • All nominations from principals and counselors should be postmarked no later than November 13, 2017.
  • All student applications should be postmarked no later than January 29, 2018.

Feel free to contact our office with any questions that you may have at tiacademies@truman.edu or (660) 785-5406.

With warm regards,

Dr. Kevin Minch
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Director of the Institute for Academic Outreach

Notice of Non-Discrimination

In compliance with federal law and applicable Missouri statutes, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, age, race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission to or employment in its education programs or activities.

The University complies with the regulations implementing Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; and other state and federal laws and regulations.

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