The Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health
Co-Sponsored by Truman State University,
AT Still University, and
Northeast Missouri AHEC
July 14-21, 2013
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 third year in 2013.
Purpose of S.T.A.P.H.
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.
For an overview of our program, watch the YouTube video
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 S.T.A.P.H.
office of their interest by the nomination deadline in order to receive
application materials and must have the required GPA to be
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.
All nominations from principals and
counselors should be postmarked no later than January 14, 2013.
All student applications should be
postmarked no later than March 1,
Feel free to contact my
assistant, Jana Morton, with any questions that you may have at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (660) 785-5406.
With warm regards,
Director of the Truman Institute
Dean of S.T.A.P.H.
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Truman State University, Kirksville, MO 63501. Telephone (660)