The Distance Learning Center (DLC) is recruiting high achieving 7th and 8th graders — who love science and love conducting experiments — for the summer of 2020 to participate in a five-week STEMPREP Project at University of Washington, Seattle. The STEMPREP Project’s mission is to produce the next generations of minority researchers in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM).
The populations targeted for this program are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Hawaiians, Native Americans and Mainland Puerto Ricans.
The STEMPREP Project is a revolutionary training program that utilizes an early start model that recruits 7th grade minority students for training from 7th grade through college. The program exposes students to scientific experiences at universities, in government and at pharmaceutical companies. The course of study for the junior high school includes:
• Basic Laboratory Science Techniques, Experiments and Procedures
• Technology and Engineering Concepts and Labs
• Research Writing Skills
• Research Presentation
• Research Statistics
In the summer of 2003, the first Virgin Islands trainees were admitted into the program. V.I. trainees have participated every summer since the inaugural class. To date, approximately 65 trainees have completed the summer internships.
Students from the following schools have participated: John H. Woodson Jr. H.S., Good Hope Country Day School, St. Croix Educational Complex H.S., All Saints Cathedral School, Adelita Cancryn Jr. H.S., Elena L. Christian Jr. H.S., AZ Academy, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Peter Gruber International Academy, Arthur A. Richards Jr. H.S., Antilles School, Church of God Holiness Academy and St. Patrick’s Catholic School.
To apply applicants should be “A” students for the last three years, complete an application and take the SSAT national exam (fee waivers can be obtained). Applications must be submitted by Jan. 30, 2020.
The VI Lottery and V.I. Port Authority have supported trainees. If anyone or organization is interested in sponsoring a Virgin Islands trainee, please send donations to:
Moses L. Williams Ph.D., Executive Director
STEMPREP Project, Distance Learning Center, Inc.
1324 Clearfield St.
Phila. Pa. 19132