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University of Iowa News Release

July 7, 2004

High School Students Participate In Summer Research Program At UI

A summer research program for high school students called the Secondary Student Training Program began its six-week session June 20 on the University of Iowa campus and will run through July 30.

SSTP is a residential, pre-college, summer program that pairs junior and senior high school students with UI faculty for the purpose of research. Students spend time in the lab and also attend seminars presented by research scientists. Each student is assigned a faculty mentor to guide them in a research subject of interest to them. There are 15 areas of study to choose from, including anatomy and cell biology; biochemistry; dentistry; physics; astronomy; physiology and environmental health, among others.

At the end of the program, students summarize their results in a written abstract and present their research to peers, faculty and research staff. More than 4,000 students have participated in the SSTP program in its 40-year history.

The program is sponsored by Opportunity at Iowa, a part of the Office of the Provost at the University of Iowa.

Opportunity at Iowa is located at 224 Jessup Hall at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. For more information call 319-335-3555 or 1-800-553-IOWA (4692), or email

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Program: Lois Baker, Opportunity at Iowa, 319-335-3555