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Valley high school students to participate in science camps (6/11/97)

Summer is going to be "utterly incredible" for dozens of high school students from Starr and Hidalgo counties.

Ninety students will be enrolled in the Utterly Incredible Science Academy, a series of four-day "camps" that help them learn chemistry, physics and advanced biology. Lab experiments will be part of the fun.

The camps will be at The University of Texas-Pan Am from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. "The Amazing Chemistry Camp" is the first in the series, and it begins Monday, June 23. "The Amazing Physics Camp" starts July 7, and "The Amazing Biology Camp" begins July 28.

The instructors are Miguel Bedolla, MD, PhD, associate professor of family practice at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and Martha Cave of San Antonio, who specializes in teaching students how to study and learn.

Students participating in the camps are part of the Rio Grande Valley Med-Ed Program, which is designed to help students prepare for careers in health care. "Our goal is to stimulate interest in science while providing learning challenges and preparation for science courses they will be taking next fall," said Yvonne May-Kautsch, Med-Ed coordinator.

The camps are made possible by the cooperation of UT-Pan Am, the Health Science Center, the South Texas Border Partnership for Health Professions Education and the South Texas/Border Region Health Education Initiative, a legislative program to expand health-career education in the Rio Grande Valley.

Contact: Jim Barrett (210) 567-2570