Initiated in 1992, is a successful biomedical
research mentorship program that pairs faculty from the University of
Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) with high school students and
educators from the largest public school district in the state of
Mississippi, the Jackson Public School District (JPSD). This biomedical
research mentorship program allows each student to experience the
scientific field in a "hands-on" manner under the guidance and
supervision of a qualified instructor who is a researcher at UMMC.
Teacher professional development and science curriculum enhancement
activities complement the student participation to create a highly
coordinated impetus for science education reform.