WMU News

Middle schoolers hone research skills at WMU camp

June 16, 2005

KALAMAZOO--A group of Kalamazoo middle school students will experience research first-hand this month through a program at Western Michigan University designed to encourage underrepresented students in higher education to obtain a post-secondary degree.

The Research Scholars Program, now in its second year, will culminate for 2004-05 with 22 students attending a four-day summer research institute. The overnight camp will run from Monday, June 20, through Thursday, June 23, on the WMU campus.

Participating students all have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher. During the institute, they will take part in hands-on research projects, college preparation seminars and life-skills workshops, as well as fun summer camp activities.

The Research Scholars Program is a newer component of WMU's existing Martin Luther King, Jr./Cesar Chavez/Rosa Parks College Day Program, also known as the KCP College Day Program.

The Michigan Legislature created the KCP College Day Program in 1986 to help stem the downward spiral of college graduation rates for students underrepresented in higher education. The college day initiative targets sixth through 12th graders and is administered by WMU's Division of Multicultural Affairs.

For more information, contact Erika Carr, KCP director, at (269) 387-3319 or <erika.carr@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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