9th – 12th Grade
The Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is excited to announce that the Academy of Pre-Health Scholars (APHS) summer program will continue to offer to disadvantaged and/or underrepresented high school students in the summer of 2021. This will be the last summer for APHS.
APHS is designed to facilitate a successful academic career for students who have strong interests in healthcare professions.
The Academy of Pre-Health Scholars (APHS) will offer a versatile schedule that will fit most student’s educational and professional demands.
- Weeks 1 to 5: ACT Preparation, Academic Success, Mental Health and Wellness, Introduction to Psychiatric and Neuroscience Research.
- June 7 (Mon) to July 9 (Fri), 2021
APHS 2021 Applicant’s Guide
The Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is excited to announce that the Academy of Pre-Health Scholars (APHS) will continue to offer a summer program to disadvantaged and/or underrepresented high school students in the summer of 2021. APHS is designed to facilitate a successful academic career for students who have strong interests in healthcare professions.
Program Requirements and Overview
- Participants: Students who are currently enrolled 9th, 10th, and 11th grades (rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders).
- Availability: 25 seats. However, in order to ensure your child will be in a suitable learning environment, only motivated candidates will be offered a seat. We value quality over quantity; in the event there are not enough qualified applicants, some seats will be left vacant.
- GPA and Grades: A GPA of at least 2.90 is required for the consideration for admission. Traditionally, competitive applicants have their GPAs somewhere between 3.3 to 4.3 (on a 4-point scale with AP credits weighted).
- The DDEI may request a middle school transcript for a rising 9th grade student.
- Mathematics: Students must have successfully completed Algebra 1 with at least a B or will be completing Algebra 1 by the end of Spring 2021 (in this case, an interval grade of B or above must be demonstrated on the report card by the end of Fall 2020).
- ACT Preparation & Academic Success: Sciences, mathematics, reading/critical reasoning, a presentation project (topic research, science fair, or case study varies by year), and ACT preparation.
- Introduction to Neuroscience / Medical Professions: brain anatomy and physiology, exposure to psychiatric and neurological concepts and cases studies, exposure to healthcare professionals and students,
- See Academy Overview below for complete details.
- Incentives: Stipend up to $200 (based on overall program performance and attendance). Students must attend all sessions Monday to Friday for all 5 weeks
- Application Deadline Extension : Friday April 30, 2021
- Acceptance notification – All applicants should receive notification regarding their status (accepted, wait-listed, declined) by mid May 2021.
Academy Overview: ACT Prep & Med Pro
- Weeks 1 to 5: ACT Preparation and Academic Success Introduction to Introduction to Neuroscience & Medical Professions
- June 7 (Mon) to July 9 (Fri), 2021
ACT Preparation and Academic Success
- Instructors: Qualified high school teachers
- Mathematics: Arithmetic operations, algebra, and geometry applicable to the ACT.
- Sciences: Biology, chemistry, and physics relevant to the ACT. Techniques to reading various charts, graphs, and tables.
- Reading/Critical Reasoning: English language and literature.
- Capstone Project: TBA.
- ACT Preparation: A comprehensive review of the ACT subject areas.
- Academic Success: Undergraduate and professional students will host sessions to talk to the students about the things that should know to prepare for college and the future.
- Lunch & Learn: A healthcare professional from various disciplines will come in and talk to the students during lunch sessions.
- Neuroscience / Medical Professions: The students will work through neuroscience case studies and identify brain cancer and other diseases of the brain. Students will also receive a virtual tour of the campus and exposure to some healthcare professionals.
Introduction to Medical Professions
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Brain
- Virtual Dissection Lab: Sheep Brain
- Limited neurological exams including motor and sensory testing, deep-tendon reflexes, and limited cranial nerve exams
- Professional speakers and recruiters from:
- College of Medicine
- College of Pharmacy
- College of Nursing
- College of Public Health
- College of Health Professions
- Graduate School
To be eligible for participation in this program students must first meet one (1) or more of the following three (3) criteria:
Having an educational disadvantage: Defined as a student that comes from an environment, which has inhibited their attainment of knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school.
Having an economic disadvantage: Based on the parental income and the number and ages of dependents in a household, as established by these federal poverty guidelines (200%). Includes only dependents listed on Federal income tax forms: Low-Income Levels for 2021
Persons in Family…..Income Level
One (1)……………………..$ 25,760
Two (2)……………………..$ 34,840
Three (3)…………………..$ 43,920
Four (4)…………………….$ 53,000
Five (5)……………………..$ 62,080
Six (6)……………………….$ 71,160
Seven (7)…………………..$ 80,240
Eight (8)…………………….$ 89,320
Being a member of an underrepresented minority: African-American, Native American, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, or certain southeast Asian
A completed application includes the following:
- The online application must be submitted. We no longer accept paper applications.
- Recommendations: One (1) recommendation form is required. Recommendation forms must come from teachers familiar with the student’s academic performance and personal characteristics:
- One (1) recommendation form can be from any teacher.
- Transcript: An official transcript must be sent to us from your current high School (a middle school transcript may be required in certain circumstances). The transcript must be sent directly from the school registrar. Transcripts should be forwarded from the registrar to the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI) at the address below. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the registrar with an envelope and correct postage if necessary.
- If your school does not include year-long classes on the transcript until their completion in the spring, the DDEI will require a copy of your report card issued at the end of the fall semester.
- Virtual interview: All applicants will be required to attend a brief virtual interview via zoom in order to be considered for the 2021 Academy for Pre-Health Scholars (APHS).
- Application fee: non-refundable $30 will be due and payable upon the submission of your application. The best way to pay is to send this amount as a Money order or Cashier Check made payable to UAMS and mail it to the address listed at the bottom of this page.
- Registration fee: non-refundable $80 will be required upon acceptance to hold the seat. The best way to pay is to send this amount as a cashier’s check or money order payable to UAMS and mail it to the address listed at the bottom of this page.
- All fees are non-refundable.
All material must be received or postmarked by Friday, April 16, 2021, at 5:00pm in order for the applicant to be considered.
DDEI Address and Contact Information
Make Cashier Check or Money Order Payable to:
UAMS – Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Memo – Academy of Pre Health Scholars/APHS
Please add Child name to memo line
Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Attn: Nicholas Pettus
4301 W. Markham, Slot 625
Little Rock, AR 72205