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Rural Medical & Science Scholars is a 4-week summer program for rising high school seniors, to help them determine if they want to pursue health-related careers. The program shapes students’ interest and understanding of medicine, health-related disciplines, and other STEM fields.

The Scholars shadow physicians, dentists, and other healthcare professionals, and they complete 1 month of health science college coursework and engage in didactic, observational, and experiential learning for 6 hours of college credit. Courses include Introduction to Health Professions and Applied Public Health Sciences: From Cells to Communities. Scholars also visit the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Not only do the Scholars make new friends with similar interests and goals, but they also get a taste of college life by living on the Mississippi State University campus.

Please support the Rural Medical & Science Scholars program. Whether you choose to sponsor an individual scholar or the program itself, a variety of opportunities are available for you to demonstrate your commitment to keeping future healthcare and other STEM professionals in Mississippi.

To give to the Rural Medical & Science Scholars program, please contact Mr. Will Staggers at (662) 325-2837.

Remember, every gift makes a difference.

2020 Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor a Scholar: $2,400

Funds tuition, housing, textbooks, orientation materials, and training curricula.

Scholars in Clinical Shadowing: $1,500

Provides transportation for lunch, clinical shadowing, and the visit to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Celebration of Scholars Dinner/Dinner with a Healthcare Professional: $1,500

Funds a formal dinner for scholars and healthcare professionals to promote networking and relationship-building opportunities.

Scholars in Engineering: $300

Funds supplies to engage scholars in health-, science-, and engineering- related careers.

Scholars in the Lab: $300

Funds supplies to teach suturing skills at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Scholars in Research: $300

Funds supplies to engage scholars in STEM-based research opportunities.

Scholars in the Kitchen: $300

Funds supplies to teach best practices for incorporating functional foods in diets.

Junior Master Wellness Volunteer Training: $500

Funds supplies and curricula to train scholars to promote health as Junior Master Wellness Volunteers, aiming to improve health literacy and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Scholars earn community service hours.

2020 Sponsorship Levels

All donors will be recognized at the program’s Celebration of Scholars. Every sponsor will also be listed on the webpage. Size and placement of logos will be determined by the donation level.

Legacy Sponsor: $25,000

  • Opportunities to network and continue relationship with scholars
  • Two highlights on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Logo included in parent/student packet
  • Logo on sponsor slideshow
  • Logo on event T-shirt
  • Logo on program banner
  • Appreciation-video mention
  • Opportunity to present a session to scholars (if desired)
  • Invitation to Celebration of Scholars

Platinum Sponsor: $10,000

  • Opportunities to network and continue relationship with scholars
  • One highlight on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Logo included in parent/student packet
  • Logo on sponsor slideshow
  • Appreciation-video mention
  • Invitation to Celebration of Scholars

Gold Sponsor: $5,000

  • Logo included in parent/student packet
  • Appreciation-video mention
  • Invitation to Celebration of Scholars

Silver Sponsor: $2,500

  • Appreciation-video inclusion

Bronze Sponsor: $1,000

 

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Publications

Publication Number: M1917
Publication Number: P2298
Publication Number: M0980

News

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Filed Under: Food and Health, Health, AIM for CHangE, Rural Health June 21, 2021

Citizens in northern Sunflower County can use a new ride-sharing service to maintain an independent and healthy lifestyle. The service, called Healthy Destination Access, kicked off June 15 with ribbon cuttings in Rome and Drew.

Flood waters surround a home in the south Delta.
Filed Under: Agriculture, Health, The PROMISE Initiative, Rural Health June 7, 2021

To some people, farming is an idyllic way of life, but producers face some unique stressors that can impact their well-being. In fact, a national poll by the American Farm Bureau Federation in 2019 confirmed that about two in five farmers and farm workers reported experiencing increased stress levels and more mental health challenges since 2014.

Filed Under: Family, Healthy Homes Initiative, Food and Health, Health, Rural Health December 4, 2020

MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University Extension Service specialist has been elected to the National Board of Public Health Examiners board of directors.

Filed Under: The PROMISE Initiative, Rural Health September 29, 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Protecting providers of the world’s food includes looking out for their mental well-being.

To address this, the Mississippi State University Extension Service has certified over 20 personnel to facilitate a skills-based, online training program: Adult Mental Health First Aid. This curriculum teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health disorders and crises in their communities.

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Filed Under: Extension Program Priorities, City and County Government, SNAP-Ed, Rural Health February 19, 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Once every decade, Mississippians have the chance to make a difference at the local, state and national levels.

Participating in the U.S. Census has a large impact on daily life. Being underrepresented as a state leads to reduced representation in Congress and less federal funding for education, infrastructure, emergency response and wellness programs. In short, there are long-term negative effects of not participating in the census.

Success Stories

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Food and Health, Rural Health
Volume 7 Number 2

Rural Medical & Science Scholars program provides insight, courage for careers

Zoe Fokakis is on her way to realizing her dream of becoming a physician scientist. That dream was partly fueled by her participation in the Rural Medical & Science Scholars program.

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Rural Development, Food and Health, Food, Rural Health
Volume 3 Number 1

Extension food pantry serves rural community 

On Tuesdays and Thursdays before lunch, Robert Jamison is usually exercising with people who have been his neighbors in Lambert for 30 years. The Quitman County Veterans Service Officer also volunteers for a food pantry there that serves about 800 local families every other month. The county does not have a grocery store, but the pantry, since it opened in 2014, has helped people in need.

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Rural Health
Volume 1 Number 2

Extension medical program offers career insights

He delayed his journey to become a doctor, but Johnny Lippincott has been intrigued by the field since childhood.

A Rural Medical and Science Scholar.
Food and Health, Rural Health
Volume 5 Number 3

When she started school in a New York kindergarten classroom and participated in her first “dress-up day,” Bridgette “Brie” Cerda-Marin chose the doctor costume.

And, in her own words: “I’ve wanted to be a doctor ever since.”

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About Extension, Beef, Marketing and Business Planning, Rural Development, Food, Food Safety, Health, Nutrition, Rural Health
Volume 4 Number 3

See what's new in Extension: Gather for First Extension Beef-Production Workshop, the Food Factor Goes Digital, Extension Professionals Share Expertise, and Extension Offers New HappyHealthy Program. 

Watch

Wynton Sims RMS Alum Testimony
Extension Stories

Wynton Sims RMS Alum Testimony

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:30pm
Meri Hollis West RMS Alum Testimony
Extension Stories

Meri Hollis West RMS Alum Testimony

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:30pm
Catherine Feng RMS Alum Testimony
Extension Stories

Catherine Feng RMS Alum Testimony

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:30pm
Emily Davis RMS Alum Testimony
Extension Stories

Emily Davis RMS Alum Testimony

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 2:45pm

Listen

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 7:00am
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 7:00am
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 2:00am
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 1:00am
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 1:00am

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