Summer Scholars Information – Undergraduate

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Health Science District
STAHR Summer Scholars

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, in cooperation with the Truman Medical Center and other affiliates at the Health Science District, will offer its First Annual STAHR Summer Scholars Program. This program provides a realistic introduction to the fields of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry for current undergraduate students.

The Summer Scholars Program for 2019 will be take place over the course of six weeks. The program is designed to attract undergraduate students from groups who have been traditionally under-represented in healthcare professions, including economically disadvantaged, minority and rural students. Preference will be given to students who have expressed a specific interest in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, or other healthcare careers.

Applicants seeking to participate in the STAHR Summer Scholars program will be required to provide documentation to indicate their eligibility for participation in the program.

This year, the Program will run from June 03, 2019 – July 12, 2019. The program will consist of weekday sessions from 7:50 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The program is free: no tuition is charged for program participation.

Students interested in STAHR Summer Scholars must meet the following requirements:

  • Current undergraduate student who will enter sophomore, junior or senior year in Fall 2019
  • Attend a public or private college or university in the Kansas City Metropolitan area (Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Jackson, Platte, Clay and Cass Counties in Missouri)
  • Students must be available to attend all Summer Scholars sessions.
  • Demonstrate a background that is either economically or educationally disadvantaged (required documentation described in application)

The 2019 STAHR Summer Scholars Undergraduate application closed April 17, 2019 – 5:00 PM.

Summer Scholars Information – High School

University of Missouri-Kansas City
School of Medicine
Summer Scholars (High School)

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, in cooperation with the Truman Medical Center and other affiliates in the Health Science District, will offer its Thirty-Ninth Annual Summer Scholars Program. This program provides a realistic introduction to the field of medicine for high school junior or senior students.

The Summer Scholars Program for 2019 will be offered in two iterations: a traditional two-week experience and a new six-week experience. The latter will be part of the First Annual STAHR Summer Scholars Program. In this program, students will have an extended opportunity to explore the fields of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry.

Both versions of the program are designed to attract students from groups who have been traditionally under-represented in health care, including economically disadvantaged, minority and rural students. For the STAHR Program, students must indicate that they are from a family that is economically disadvantaged, attend a high school that is economically disadvantaged, or would be the first in their family to attend college. Preference for both programs will be given to students who have also expressed a specific interest health care careers and have taken courses that reflect that interest.

Students will have the opportunity to apply to Traditional Summer Scholars, STAHR Summer Scholars, or both. Applicants seeking to participate in the STAHR Summer Scholars program will be required to provide additional documentation to indicate their eligibility for participation in the six week program.

This year, the Program will be divided into four sections that will run from June 24, 2019 – August 2, 2019. The program will consist of weekday sessions from 7:50 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The program is free: no tuition is charged for program participation.

Summer Scholar sections include:

  • STAHR Juniors and Seniors (current 10th graders and 11th graders): June 24 – August 2
  • Junior experience (current 10th graders) July 8 – July 19
  • Senior experience (current 11th graders) July 22 – August 2
  • Advanced Summer Scholars (returning students) July 15 – July 26

Students interested in Traditional Summer Scholars must meet the following requirements:

  • Current Sophomores or Juniors
  • Attend public or private high schools in the Kansas City Metropolitan area (Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Jackson, Platte, Clay and Cass Counties in Missouri).
  • Students must be available to attend all Summer Scholars sessions.

Students interested in STAHR Summer Scholars must meet the following requirements:

  • All requirements listed above
  • Demonstrate a background that is either economically or educationally disadvantaged (required documentation described in application) Click here for the 2019 Summer Scholars High School application.

The 2019 STAHR Summer Scholars High School application closed April 17, 2019 – 5:00 PM

Summer Scholars (High School)

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI- KANSAS CITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE SUMMER SCHOLARS (High School)

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, in cooperation with the Truman Medical Center and other affiliates in the Health Science District, will offer its 39th annual Summer Scholars Program. This program provides a realistic introduction to the field of medicine for high school junior or senior students.

The Summer Scholars Program for 2019 will be offered in two iterations: a traditional two-week experience and a new six-week experience. The latter will be part of the first STAHR Summer Scholars Program. In this program, students will have an extended opportunity to explore the fields of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry.

Both versions of the program are designed to attract students from groups who have been traditionally under-represented in health care, including economically disadvantaged, minority and rural students. For the STAHR Program, students must indicate that they are from a family that is economically disadvantaged, attend a high school that is economically disadvantaged, or would be the first in their family to attend college. Preference for both programs will be given to students who have also expressed a specific interest health care careers and have taken courses that reflect that interest.

Students will have the opportunity to apply to traditional Summer Scholars, STAHR Summer Scholars, or both. Applicants seeking to participate in the STAHR Summer Scholars program will be required to provide additional documentation to indicate their eligibility for participation in the six week program.

This year, the program will be divided into four sections that will run from June 24, 2019 – August 2, 2019. The program will consist of weekday sessions from 7:50 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The program is free: no tuition is charged for program participation.

Summer Scholar sections include:

  • STAHR Juniors and Seniors (current 10th graders and 11th graders): June 24 – August 2
  • Junior experience (current 10th graders) July 8 – July 19
  • Senior experience (current 11th graders) July 22 – August 2
  • Advanced Summer Scholars (returning students) July 15 – July 26

Students interested in traditional Summer Scholars must meet the following requirements:

  • Current Sophomores or Juniors
  • Attend public or private high schools in the Kansas City Metropolitan area (Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Jackson, Platte, Clay and Cass Counties in Missouri).
  • Students must be available to attend all Summer Scholars sessions.

Students interested in STAHR Summer Scholars must meet the following requirements:

  • All requirements listed above
  • Demonstrate a background that is either economically or educationally disadvantaged (required documentation described in application)

Click here for the 2019 Summer Scholars High School application

Jennifer Ramsey joins School of Medicine as STAHR program coordinator

Jennifer Ramsey
Jennifer Ramsey

Jennifer Ramsey recently joined the staff at the School of Medicine as coordinator of the school’s $3.2-million Students in Training, in Academia, Health and Research (STAHR) pipeline grant program. She will support the grant leadership team and the senior program coordinator once those positions are filled.

Ramsey is a certified health education specialist. As such she brings to her role excellent skills in program support and coordination, data management, and reporting on analysis results for reports and strategic decision making.

In addition, she has worked in higher education at the UMKC School of Dentistry, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and in secondary health, math, and science education while living in Arizona.

Her office will be located between the dean suite and admissions. Her contact information is:  ramseyjm@umkc.edu and 816-235-6169.

The STAHR program is a two-pronged initiative to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds entering healthcare programs and better prepare them for success.

Saturday Academy Application

The Saturday Academy application deadline was Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

Students will be notified by Monday, November 19, 2018 . If you have any questions, please contact Allan Davis, davisall@umkc.edu or 816-235-5434.

Thank you for your interest in the program,

Allan Davis, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Diversity Programs and Recruitment UMKC School of Medicine
2411 Holmes Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
davisall@umkc.edu
816-235-5434

Saturday Academy

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Alert: Saturday Academy Cancelled for January 19th.

Due to the projected weather conditions, we will not be having Saturday Academy on January 19th. It is possible that road conditions will not be safe for travel. Please do not come into the School of Medicine for tutoring or instructional sessions. Stay safe and we will reconvene on Saturday, January 26th. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Allan Davis at (816) 235-5434 or by email at davisall@umkc.edu.

What is Saturday Academy?

Saturday Academy is designed to help students interested in health careers strengthen their math and science skills. Through this enrichment program, students will recognize and develop skills that enable them to excel in mathematics, science, reading and test taking.

This free educational program is open to motivated middle and high school students in the Kansas City area.

The curriculum includes the following subject areas:

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Test Taking Skills

Saturday Academy is offered concurrently with the school year. The sessions run each Saturday from 10 am to 12:30 pm. This year, we will start orientation and our first session at 9:30 AM on December 1, 2018. To be considered for the 2018–2019 program, please submit an application and supporting materials by Friday, November 9, 2018. The application process and forms can be found on this page below.

Health Career Exploration

Saturday Academy provides an outlet for students to interact with health care professionals from various specialties. Professionals from medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, allied health and mental health provide networking opportunities for students to gain resources that will assist them in preparing for a career in health care.

Tutoring

Saturday Academy participants are provided free tutoring sessions in math and science every Saturday. This tutoring is provided by UMKC medical students.

Mentorship Opportunities

Relationships with mentors are designed to build a support system in the field of health care and are an avenue for middle and high school students to gain a network of UMKC medical and nursing students. This affiliation will supply students with the tools necessary to accomplish their goals.

Parent Support Group

Saturday Academy also offers a parent support group that will meet periodically throughout the year to discuss the progress of their students, their concerns and strategies for motivating their students for success. There is also a college coach who will assist parents on topics such as college readiness, academic resume building and how to apply for scholarships.

History of Saturday Academy

Saturday Academy was a core program of the Greater Kansas City Health Professions Pipeway Initiative (GKC-HPPI), which originated as an outgrowth of the Association of American Medical College’s “Project 3000 by 2000” initiative to address a continuing under representation of minority students in medical schools.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded this initiative from 1998 to 2003 with matching funds coming from a local foundation. When the funding expired in 2003, the UMKC School of Medicine committed to providing the resources to continue the Saturday Academy program.

Saturday Academy is geared toward students belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in scientific careers including African-Americans, Native Americans and Latino students. However, the program is open to any student who is motivated and interested in attending.

Eligibility and Application Process

Students interested in Saturday Academy must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a student in grades 6 – 12
  • Must be motivated with an interest in math, science or health care careers
  • Must be able to provide own transportation to and from the UMKC School of Medicine

More information regarding the program, as well as any required applications or documents, will be posted by the end of October.

Before You Apply:

To learn more and determine whether the Saturday Academy program is the right fit, read this important information:

Saturday Academy Program Common Questions

Application Requirements:
Please note: 2018 Application Session closed Nov. 9, 2018

In order to apply, students must complete the following steps:

STEP 1: Complete the Saturday Academy application form.

STEP 2: Submit a signed Parent/Guardian Consent and Commitment Statement

Please click here to download the Parent/Guardian Consent and Commitment Statements PDFs, complete, sign and return. Statements can be scanned and emailed to davisall@umkc.edu or mailed to:

UMKC School of Medicine
Office of Admissions, M1-103
Attn: Saturday Academy
2411 Holmes
Kansas City, MO 64108

STEP 3: Submit one recommendation from a teacher, counselor, administrator, community member, advisor, mentor, etc.

Please click here to download the Saturday Academy Recommendation Form.

A portion of the form should be completed by the student and then submitted to the person providing the reference. Once the reference is complete, the recommender should print, sign and mail to:

UMKC School of Medicine
Office of Admissions, M1-103
Attn: Saturday Academy
2411 Holmes
Kansas City, MO 64108

The signed reference form may also be scanned and emailed to the program coordinator, Dr. Allan Davis, at davisall@umkc.edu. Letters of recommendation will be accepted in place of the form.

STEP 4: Submit high school transcripts (grades 10 – 12) or most recent grade card (grades 6 – 9)

Transcripts and/or grade cards should be sent to:

UMKC School of Medicine
Office of Admissions, M1-103
Attn: Saturday Academy
2411 Holmes
Kansas City, MO 64108

All interested students should apply; however, Saturday Academy does require an ongoing commitment on the part of students and parents, so please carefully consider your decision to apply. For questions about Saturday Academy, please contact Dr. Allan Davis in the UMKC School of Medicine Office of Admissions at davisall@umkc.edu or 816-235-5434.