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Rural Medical & Science Scholars

Rural Medical & Science Scholars
Summer 2024
June 9 - June 21, 2024
2 Weeks on Campus


The Rural Medical & Science Scholars program helps current high school juniors determine if they want to pursue health-related careers and shapes students’ interest and understanding of medicine, health-related disciplines, and other STEM fields. The program aims to ensure a strong and passionate workforce for the long-term goals of improving Mississippi’s economy and increasing access to healthcare.

Thinking about a health or science career? Rising High School Seniors, this is your opportunity to stand in the role as a new pioneer as we move to 2 weeks of program delivery! Scholars will take one health science course (Introduction to Health Professions), thus earning 3 college credits. Robust lectures accompanied by engaging workshops that will allow you to explore public health and its connection to a career in health or science. You will experience many levels of health and science, but still enjoy the networking opportunities that will allow you to make lifelong friends with similar interests. This is an intense summer program, but worth the extra time and effort!


  • Dr. David Buys teaching a group of students.

The 2023 Rural Medical & Science Scholars

Sonya Shipley-- Puckett, Rankin County
Ben Rushing-- Silver Creek, Lawrence County



For a sneak preview of the exciting things that have been experienced from the “on campus” Rural Medical & Science program, check out the YouTube, “Rural Medical and Science Scholars Reel 2023 below.”



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Publication Number: M1917
Publication Number: M0980
Publication Number: P2298


Filed Under: Food and Health, AIM for CHangE, Rural Health December 11, 2023

JACKSON, Miss. -- For five years, AIM for CHangE has turned federal dollars into park updates, playgrounds, food pantries, ride-sharing programs and community produce gardens for underserved areas in Mississippi.

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Filed Under: 4-H, Health and Wellness, Food and Health, Health, Rural Health April 25, 2023

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Community improvement starts with a volunteer spirit and a desire to serve as a role model for positive change.

A group photo of the Rural Medical and Science Scholars Class of 2022.
Filed Under: Food and Health, Rural Health March 8, 2023

MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss. -- High school juniors can explore health and science careers and get a jump on college during the Rural Medical and Science Scholars program this summer at Mississippi State University. The June 10-29 program is now accepting applications until April 1.

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Volume 9 Number 3

The StoryWalk and colorful word art now installed in downtown Belzoni are giving Rosemary Williams a new opportunity for the children she cares for at Rosemary’s Daycare and Learning Center.

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Volume 9 Number 2

Imagine what Mississippi might look like if everyone had access to healthy foods. The state could set an example for other rural states in using existing resources, collaborating with officials and stakeholders, and creating solutions that have measurable impacts for individuals and families.

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Volume 9 Number 2

Rev. Dr. Manney Murphy has known for years that serving his community is his calling. Even after years of making a difference in Warren County, Murphy recently felt led to return to his father’s hometown of Yazoo City. Now, he’s working to change how Mississippians of all ages in the Delta are accessing and receiving healthcare.

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