Science Expo Nov. 12 will give 1,500 teens a hands-on introduction to health careers

HIgh school students dissect a sheep heart at a previous Science Expo.

WHAT:           Approximately 1,500 high school and college students from throughout South Texas will learn how to perform dissections, intubate manikins, start an intravenous (IV) line, immobilize “patients” for transport in an ambulance and much more at the Health Professions Fair and Science Expo of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

The hands-on event is designed to introduce students to the wide array of health-related and biomedical professions available to them.

WHEN:           Media are invited from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, for great visuals and interviews with visiting students, parents and teachers, as well as faculty and students from the UT Health Science Center.

WHERE:         Sessions will be held in various locations on the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus of the UT Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive.

WHO:             The event is organized through the UT Health Science Center’s Office of Recruitment and Science Outreach, led by Director Irene Chapa, Ph.D. Joining her in the effort are medical, dental, nursing, basic science and health professions faculty members and students.

A Spanish-language spokesperson will be available for interviews.

NOTES:          Because pre-registration was necessary for planning purposes, this educational event is full and registration for 2016 is closed. Buses will be bringing students from as far away as the Valley to this event.

This is the 14th consecutive year that the event has been held.

Dr. Chapa had fond memories of working at the expo when she was a student earning her doctoral degree here. When she took on her current role at the Health Science Center she brought back the event, which had been on hiatus.

“Science Expo is a wonderful opportunity for high school and college students to explore and/or confirm their potential future career paths into the biomedical science professions,” Dr. Chapa said. “Our goal is to motivate and educate these young students and to encourage them to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. Equally important, however, is to help empower and equip the students with tools they can utilize to become competitive applicants to professional programs ― and to succeed once they are accepted.”

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