The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the West Virginia University Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) teamed up recently to help students at Shady Spring High School HSTA Club in Raleigh County develop research projects in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.
Last fall, the Shady Spring HSTA students visited the NIOSH Morgantown facility, where they had an opportunity to learn about the field of occupational safety and health, met one-on-one with potential mentors, and discussed project ideas. Students and research mentors were then paired based on expertise and interest.
The teams worked together to develop four research projects: assessing stressors in veterinarians; determining if students who take advanced placement courses have higher stress levels than students taking traditional courses; measuring community attitudes and beliefs about the influenza vaccine; and educating the community about Ebola.
Since the initial meeting, students and mentors have been working together to develop surveys and collect and analyze data…