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STEM Program Helps High Schoolers Make Connections

Shuaibu "Sha" Ali '21 (left) and Kenny Williams '21 (right)

Upper Valley STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Scholars, is a collaborative project led by Geisel Schweitzer Fellows Shuaibu Ali '21 and Kenny Williams '21, in partnership with classmates Laura Herrera Gomez '21 and Carlos Aramayo '21, and local high school teachers.

Because the demand for workers in STEM-related fields is on the rise, Ali and Williams invited a group of high school students to campus to acquaint them with career options, including medicine.

Workshops at both Geisel and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center introduced a variety of topics, including human physiology and disease, clinical interventions and treatments, and how societal issues, such as poverty and racial status, impact the health of communities.

Medical students—who share similar backgrounds as people of color and those who were raised in lower income households—shared their own experiences to help the young scholars feel validated and hopeful about their future.

Seeing how passionate the teachers were "about empowering their students and giving them outside-the-classroom experiences that will likely help shape their career choices and their impact on society is not only refreshing to see—it's inspiring," Ali said.

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