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Science, Language Arts and Mathematics (SLAM) Workshops

SLAM Workshop I (for students who will have completed 9th grade by June 2019).
SLAM Workshop II (for students who will have completed 10th grade by June 2019).
SLAM Workshop III (for students who will have completed 11th grade by June 2019).

Goals of the SLAM Workshops:

  • Enhance language arts, mathematics and science skills
  • Improve your reading and test taking skills
  • Learn details about the Jackson Heart Study
  • Educate students about health issues that affect African Americans
  • Provide information about career opportunities in the health sciences

Structure of the workshops:

  • All workshop sessions include classes in reading enhancement.
  • Classes are taught by experienced teachers.
  • Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Selection criteria:

  • Overall Grade Point Average
  • Courses taken
  • Standardized test scores
  • Recommendation letters
  • Quality of essay submitted with application

What is the Jackson Heart Study (JHS)?

The African American population in Mississippi has the highest mortality rate from cardiovascular disease in the United States. The National Institutes of Health has established Jackson Heart Study to investigate the factors causing this major health problem. This study, which is the only one of its type in the United States, involves three institutions in Jackson, Mississippi--Tougaloo College, Jackson State University, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center--and is funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Role of the Undergraduate Training and Education Center

The role of the Jackson Heart Study Undergraduate Training and Education Center (JHS UTEC) at Tougaloo College is to increase the pool of minority students entering health-related professions. A key component of this project is the Science, Language Arts, and Mathematics (SLAM) program for high school students. The SLAM program’s goal is to provide a large pool of well-trained high school students who, upon entering college, can successfully complete the curriculum requirements at an undergraduate college and have the necessary background and interest to pursue health careers. Tougaloo College’s summer workshops are designed to prepare its participants for success in higher studies and, particularly, in their pursuit of advanced degrees in health professions.

Contact Information:

Tougaloo College
Jackson Heart Study Undergraduate Training and Education Center (JHS UTEC)
500 W. County Line Road
Tougaloo, MS 39174

Fax: 601.977.4488