Each of the PATHS-UP institutions will conduct intensive learning experiences for high school students to address the shared goals of stimulating interest in and preparation for STEM careers, especially engineering.
During their time in the lab, the Young Scholars will:
- join the vertically integrated research teams
- have the opportunity to receive mentorship and career advice from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-docs and faculty
Due to the locations of the test beds in relation to the ERC campuses, the design of the Young Scholars programs will be tailored to best meet the needs of the institutions and their students. The programs range from a 1-week “camp” focused on “Computing for Health” at Rice University, to 6-week, hands-on research experiences in PATHS-UP labs at Texas A&M and FIU, to an innovative “Urban Fellowship” at UCLA, which includes training to allow participating students to become effective health advocates for their underserved communities. The YS program at TAMU is residential, and includes a Student Symposium featuring 10-minute talks by participating students. At FIU and TAMU, the young scholars and their teachers will be placed in the same labs, which will enhance communications and extend learning after participants return to their home schools. Students in the UCLA Urban Fellowship will not only receive training to become effective health advocates, but will also develop Public Service Announcements on diabetes and heart disease, which are the focus of PATHS-UP technology development.