Students, Public Invited to UC Merced Health Careers Day on May 4

MERCED - The UC Merced School of Natural Sciences will hold its second annual Health Careers Day for high school and community college students on Thursday, May 4. The day will consist of a series of educational activities and workshops to teach students about careers in the health sciences and medicine and help them learn how to prepare for them.

"This day is geared toward young people interested in learning about opportunities where they can make an impact on health and disease," said Assistant Dean Marna Cooper of the School of Natural Sciences, who has overseen the organization of Health Careers Day. "They will hear from working professionals what it takes to become a doctor, nurse, dentist, pharmacist, or researcher, among other choices."

Health Career Day will take place on the UC Merced campus at 5200 Lake Road in Merced. Students from grades 9-12, community college students and the general public, especially individuals who are interested in learning about careers in health sciences and medicine are invited to participate in workshops from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Parents and teachers may also attend.

Activities include breakout sessions on specific topics; interactive booths where participants discuss career and educational opportunities with representatives from pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and universities; and door prizes such as a laptop computer and scientific calculators.

Students can learn about career choices in health sciences and medicine; pathways to prepare for health related careers; financial and academic support available for students pursuing higher education; companies and organizations where healthcare providers and professionals work; and opportunities and rewards associated with being a healthcare professional.

The first Health Careers Day was held in September, 2004 and drew hundreds of students from around the San Joaquin Valley to UC Merced's Castle facility. For this school year, the event has been moved to the spring and will be held on campus.

A $10 advance registration is required for each participant. All registration fees are non-refundable. Limited on-site registration may be available on the day of the event. Interested parties may register online at http://naturalsciences.ucmerced.edu. Anyone desiring more information before registering should contact the UC Merced School of Natural Sciences by e-mail at naturalsciences@ucmerced.edu.

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