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Stanford Report, July 23, 2003

Lunch with the president

Stanford University President John Hennessy had lunch Monday with high school students participating in the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program. He answered questions about running Stanford, offered college admissions tips and asked about the students’ summers. Over five weeks, 24 program participants live on campus, attend lectures and anatomy labs, meet with mentors, and work with doctors and nurses. The students also get help with essay writing and professional skills development from 10 Stanford undergraduate counselors and take SAT prep courses. The program was started in 1988 by Marilyn Winkleby, PhD, associate professor of medicine, and two undergrads who wanted to start a tutoring program for low-income youth interested in health professions. It has since grown, but retains the goal of exposing students from Northern and Central California to the medical field and preparing them for college. Photo: Kate Ramsayer