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Science Training and Enrichment Program (STEP)

Science Training and Enrichment Program (STEP) is designed to provide academic enrichment in math, science, and critical thinking for disadvantaged/underserved (economically, academically disadvantaged) students. It is a Saturday Institute which serves disadvantaged students in grades 6-8. STEP encourages students to be academically successful and increases their awareness of health careers. STEP meets one Saturday each month during the school year.

Past sessions

  • 2009-10 - Human heart, using a curriculum developed by the Association of Black Cardiologists.
  • 2010-11 - Human kidney. We partnered with the Mississippi Kidney Foundation.
  • 2011-12 - "The Brilliant Brain"
  • 2012-13 - "The Digestive System: Getting to the Bottom of It." We partnered with the city of Jackson's Youth Initiative and the Governor's focus on battling obesity in Mississippi.
  • 2013-14 - Pulmonary system. We partnered with the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition to also emphasize necessity of smoking cessation.
  • 2014-15 - Integumentary system
  • 2015-16 - HIV/AIDS, which emphasized the genesis, contraction and treatment of HIV
  • 2016-17 - "What You Don't Know About the Reproductive System."

Application instructions

  • Complete the Pipeline Program Application.
  • After creating a log-in, choose HCR from the drop-down menu. STEP will pull up in the information box.
  • Parent's consent is required.
  • School counselors must complete required information.
  • Complete the application no later than Aug. 31

For more information

  • Dr. Gaarmel Funches
    Director, Community Education and Outreach
    Office of Health Careers Opportunity
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
    2500 N. State St.
    Jackson, MS 39216-4505
    (601) 984-1336