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Due to COVID-19, the MSTEP has paused all activities. We look forward to starting back up in the future.

What is MSTEP?

The Middle School Science and Technology Enrichment Program “MSTEP” is an outreach program designed to provide sixth and seventh grade students with the opportunity to interact with medical students, faculty and health professionals. MSTEP is sponsored by the UNC School of Medicine Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA).

Who are MSTEP students?

Middle school students like you, from across the Triangle and central NC area who are motivated and interested in medicine, allied health careers or science. HPREP is designed for underrepresend groups, although others are welcome to apply.

What exactly happens at MSTEP?

The students will be participating in fun, interactive teaching of the human body organ systems and diseases, gross anatomy labs and a discussion on the topic of the day. The last week of the program are dedicated to health care discussions and student presentations. There will also be more structured opportunities to interact with medical professionals, medical students and UNC college students. Lunch will be provided each Saturday.

UNC Healthcare highlights MSTEP success.

Parents/guardians are invited to watch students give a final presentation on a health topic they have learned about. Following presentations, there will be a special recognition luncheon for students and parents/guardians to close the program. All students will receive merit awards for successful completion of the program, and selected students will receive recognition for outstanding performance throughout the program.

Saturday morning? That’s time for fun/rest! Why would I want to go study science?

At the UNC School of Medicine, we like to think that science and medicine are fun! Believe us, MSTEP is worth getting up for. Learning with us is fun and interactive. You will be working with your fellow students and with UNC college and medical students who will be your Teaching Assistants. You will learn in-depth information about topics in medicine and science, get exposure to different careers in the health care field, get insight on how to get ready for college, and your being selected to participate in this program is an honor that you can include in your college applications!

MSTEP Coordinators: Aaron Morris and Ariel Harris