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College of Health Sciences

The College of Health Sciences is where Health, Wellness, and Education meet. Students in the College learn to meet the challenges of the world and help others at all stages of the life cycle, and the College is growing fast! We are a strong practice College with significant depth and breadth of faculty in all of our disciplines. We graduate students ready to take on tomorrow’s health, wellness, and human services needs in a rapidly changing environment.

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Step forward with us into an evolving and exciting new world of health and wellness by supporting some of the best programs in the country for improving the vitality of our communities, the Commonwealth, and the world. Our main priorities during the Make No Little Plans campaign include:

Student Support

Academic Scholarships

Many of our students experience financial hardship striving to balance a practice intensive curriculum, personal responsibilities, and the requirements to become professionals in their field of study. Many are from an economically depressed region, are first-generation college students, or have families to support while completing their education. Some work multiple jobs while having internships and required field work, making scholarship opportunities a critical resource.

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Student Research Support

As part of their coursework, students conduct research and present at public events, academic conferences, and regional and national summits in their fields. Gifts for student research make life changing opportunities possible, such as gaining new techniques, knowledge, important vocational skills, and professional networking. Travel awards for research make these opportunities feasible for students, allowing them to learn from industry leaders.

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Study Abroad / Travel Opportunities

Study Abroad and other educational travel opportunities provide life changing experiences for students. For example, as part of class experience, Exercise and Sport Science students travel to the Super Bowl, Recreation and Park Administration students participate in tourism activities, and Environmental Health Sciences students study water quality in Jamaica.

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Student Internships

Internships enrich students’ education by providing them with opportunities to be mentored and to gain valuable hands-on work experience. Most of these experiences are unpaid. Funding for internship stipends will enable the students to gain invaluable professional experience without adding additional financial hardship.

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Revitalization and Growth

Learning Environment

Because our programs are competitive and in high demand, there is simply not enough space to accommodate prospective student interest or growth. Gifts that upgrade, repair, build, or revitalize our spaces can increase our ability to serve students and provide vital outreach services.

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Clinical Resources and Equipment

As a College of both learning and practice, our students engage daily with clinical resources and equipment. It is important that we offer state of the art tools, resources, technology, and equipment. These resources and equipment foster hands-on opportunities to apply knowledge learned in the classroom with real-world scenarios that allow our students to practice and refine skills and apply best practices to situations that they will encounter in their profession. Providing our students with adequate and relevant resources and equipment today can literally save lives tomorrow.

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Faculty Support

Research and Professional Development

Support for faculty research and professional development facilitates advances in disciplinary knowledge, paves the way for external research grants, enhances faculty-student research collaborations, and encourages faculty achievement.

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Special Initiatives

The College hosts activities, programs, and events that impact our community and service region, creating opportunities to provide support:
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The College of Health Sciences Scholars Day

The College of Health Sciences Scholars Day was established as a way to showcase our exemplary students and their research. Students work diligently with a faculty mentor in their respective disciplines to learn, prepare, and present their research and findings at this event. Awards are given to the top undergraduate and graduate student(s) who demonstrate excellence in their research.

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The Place to Be

This is a free community-based program hosted each week with lunch provided for older adults experiencing memory loss. Adults are paired with a graduate level occupational therapy students for care. It offers respite for caregivers, transportation, and therapeutic activities to engage the participants.

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