The online application process for the 21st Annual Symposium on BioMedical Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions Application Process hosted by Minority Health Professions Foundation along with the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS) will be starting on Friday, September 15, 2006. The application processing end date is on October 31, 2006. The Symposium will be held from April 4-7, 2007 in Orlando, Florida and Florida A&M will be the host school. ( http://www.minorityhealth.org ). In order for a student to be considered as an applicant, they will have to submit a Transcript (current high school or college) and 2 letters of recommendation to an AHMPS school representative or a non-AMPHPS representative. (You can contact the AMHPS school within your location to reach the AMPHPS representative or call or email Minority Health to obtain the contact info). If you live in Memphis, I am the coordinator for that area. If the student meets the qualifications and there are still slots available they will be provided the information to log onto the site and process their application packet. The qualifications are listed below: Students must have a 3.0 or above GPA unweighted (There will be a exception allowed for some African American males that have a GPA between a 2.5-2.99.) Students must submit a 300-word essay on what they plan to accomplish from the Symposium. 2 Letters of recommendation from a mentor or teacher Students accepted must be high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as undergraduate freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors pursuing a career in the biomedical sciences or health professions. The cost of the symposium if accepted is $50 or they can attend free if they present an abstract that is approved by Minority Health. The fee covers the cost of the flight, hotel, registration fee, food and other related items. Please note: Returning students or undergraduate sophomores, juniors or senior are required to present an abstract in order to attend the Symposium. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Thomas Adams of Minority Health at 678-904-4219 or email him at: [email protected] and he can provide you details. You can also find a sponsor or pay for the symposium on your own. The cost is $1,500. If the student lives in Florida or somewhere close to Orlando, they can omit the flight and pay the hotel/registration fee (which should be under $1,000.) All eligiblilities are required of students funding their own expenses. Background History on MHPF and AMHPS: The Minority Health Professions Foundation (MHPF) is dedicated to providing the highest level of support for the advancement of professional development, education, research and community service for minorities. In addition, MHPF work diligently to ensure that the advancement of health professions among minorities works directly to serve the health and wellness of our often-underserved communities. Today, AMHPS includes 12 historically black medical, dental, pharmacy and veterinary schools. The members include two schools of dentistry, four schools of medicine, five schools of pharmacy and one school of veterinary medicine. For more information on all twelve members, please click the link below to get detailed information on each school: http://www.minorityhealth.org/members-inst.html (The AMHPS consist of the following member schools: Charles Drew, Howard University, Xavier, Hampton University, Florida A&M, Texas Southern University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, and Tuskegee University.) The 12 colleges and universities educate and train 50 percent of African American physicians, 50 percent of African American dentists, 50 percent of African American pharmacists and 75 percent of African American veterinarians in the United States. They have also educated growing numbers of minorities with doctorates in the biomedical sciences and related disciplines. For those who may not not the magnitude of having only 9 schools that have 12 historically black medical, dental, pharmacy and veterinary schools represents less than 1-2% of the schools throughout the US poplulation. These 9 schools are representing over 50% - 80% of the African Americans who major in biomedical or other related fields of concentration. Just an fyi, there are over 3-5,000 or more colleges and universities in the United States. In essence, we have to work hard in getting our kinds represented and letting them know the importance of these fields. Each of them have the ability if we teach them about what the fields are and how they can prepare properly. Please visit Planning and Preparing for College for scholarships and internships opportunities.