Ten students from Madison Central High School got to observe biomedical research into high blood pressure, heart disease, neuroscience and immunology this past academic year as part of the Discovery U program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
“In the Discovery U High School Program, students spend a semester on our campus, coming once a week, rotating through different labs to get exposure biomedical research,” said Michael Ryan, associate professor of physiology and Discovery U program director.
This was the Discovery U High School Program’s second year and the first to include Madison Central. The Madison students were enrolled in Dr. Betsy Sullivan’s biomedical research class. Students from Clinton High School also participated.
“We’re hoping to expand it to other schools in the future,” Ryan said.
Discovery U, part of the University of Mississippi School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, encompasses multiple outreach programs that seek to interest K-12 and undergraduate students in biomedical research and health-science careers.
Pictured from front row left are Renira Rugnath, Haden Edmonson, Jeshanah Johnson, Carolyn Halford and Mary Grace Stewart. Second row from left are Barrett Peters, Zachary Hardin, Parker Andrews, Matthew Green and Mark Lewis.
All were seniors this past academic year, except Stewart, who was a junior.