Science, Language Arts and Mathematics (SLAM) Workshops

SLAM Workshop I (for students who will have completed 9th grade by June 2018): July 5 - July 27, 2018.
SLAM Workshop II (for students who will have completed 10th grade by June 2018): June 4 - June 29, 2018.
SLAM Workshop III (for students who will have completed 11th grade by June 2018): June 4 - June 29, 2018.

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:

  • Upon an applicant’s acceptance to SLAM, there is a $35.00 deposit to reserve the applicant’s spot
  • 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.
  • Upon successful completion of SLAM, each participant will receive a stipend.

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.

Application Information for New Applicants

Please note: There have been changes to our application procedure for the 2018 application cycle. Please read the following information regarding these changes carefully.

  • Our application is now online! The online application can be accessed here: 2018 SLAM Application. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS THAT ARE NOT SUBMITTED ONLINE.
  • Once you begin the application, you will not be able to save your responses and return to complete the application later. You must complete the application all at once.
  • You must upload the required essay within the online application. Information on what should be included in the essay is provided within the online application.
  • Applicants, please be aware that recommendation forms will not be released to your recommenders until you have submitted your application. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to submit your application well before the March 23, 2018, deadline to ensure that your recommenders have adequate time to complete and submit their recommendation forms before March 23. Please check the email addresses you provide for accuracy.
  • You will be able to upload your academic transcript and/or most recent report card within the online application. Further instructions are provided on the application. If you do not upload your academic transcript and/or most recent report card within this online application, you are responsible for submitting these documents by either email, mail, or fax before the March 23, 2018 deadline.
  • THE APPLICATION AND RECOMMENDATION FORMS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AFTER MARCH 23, 2018. SLAM applications without accompanying recommendation letters and transcripts or report cards will not be considered.
  • Once you have submitted the application, you will have the option to download your completed application. Please save and/or print your completed application and maintain a copy of the application for your records.
  • If you participated in SLAM I or SLAM II during the summer of 2017, you do not need to complete an application. You will receive a letter from the JHS UTEC office informing you of your SLAM 2018 participation status.
  • If you have any questions about the application procedure, please email the JHS UTEC office at or call Ms. Kisa Harris at 601-977-7754.

Application Checklist:

  • □ All applicants must complete the online application and upload the required essay.
  • □ If an applicant does not upload his or her academic record within the online application, he or she is responsible for submitting these documents to the JHS UTEC office by email, mail, or fax before March 23, 2018. For 10th and 11th graders, a high school transcript and the most recent report card are required. For current 9th graders, the most recent report card is required.
  • □ All applicants must have two letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. One of these two letters must be submitted by a math or science instructor.

ALL application materials must be submitted by Friday, March 23, 2018.  Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible before the application deadline. 

To complete the application, click here: 2018 SLAM Application

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