STEM Pathfinder Program - Ochsner Baptist
2021 Summer Application Now Open!
Application period will close on Friday, April 30, 2021 by 11:59 PM.
Monday, July 12 – Friday, July 16, 2021 8 AM – 4 PM
Ochsner Baptist; 2700 Napoleon Ave. New Orleans, LA 70115
About the Program
STEM Career Pathfinder Program is a 1- week summer program, which focused primarily on healthcare career exploration. This program will prepare high school students in New Orleans East for a successful career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math). Students will participate in hands-on science lessons and receive mentorship from Ochsner healthcare professional from across many disciplines.
Students will visit the Simulation Center and have the chance to experiment with science laboratory equipment. This program is cost-free. Shuttle service will be offered from a central location in New Orleans East to Ochsner Baptist.
- Current High School students in 8th, 9th, or 10th grade
- Applicants must be at least 14 years old by the start of the program.
- Must attend a school or live within one of the following zip codes: 70129, 70128, 70127, 70126
- Interest in health sciences
- There is no minimum grade point average (GPA) or ACT/SAT score.
What are the different parts of the Application?
(1) Online Student Application - completed by the student
- General Student Information
Please be prepared to provide the following: general demographic information, current school details, parent/guardian information.
- Short Answer - You will be asked to respond to the following prompts:
- What do you like to do in your spare time? Please tell us about some of your hobbies, extracurricular activities, after school clubs, etc.
- Tell us about a time you served your community.
- Who would you consider to be a role model, and why?
- School Transcript or Report Card (to be attached)
- You will be asked to upload a copy of your most recent school transcripts. Unofficial copies are acceptable.
(2) Letter of Recommendation
A request will automatically be sent to your recommender after you complete the "Recommender Request" section of your application. You will need the recommender's name and email address.
Be sure talk to your recommender before and after submitting their information to be sure that he/she has received the submission link. REMEMBER, it is the student's responsibility to make sure the recommendation is completed on time.
NOTE: Students who progress to Round 2 of the application process will be asked to submit a video diary. More information on this will be provided to those students who are accepted into Round 2 of the application process.
STAR Summer Scholars Program
Since 2005, the Ochsner STAR Program has provided high school students with the opportunity to explore the world of healthcare through hands-on learning and mentorship from over 125 Ochsner providers, employees, leaders, and medical students.
The STAR Program is a competitive program that specifically targets highly motivated students who have a strong interest in science and medicine.
Students are eligible to apply during their Junior year of high school. The STAR Application is made available online mid-January. To learn more about the STAR Program, curriculum, application process, and upcoming application deadlines, please refer to the "Ochsner STAR Program" page. www.ochsner.org/STAR
Junior Volunteer Program
Each summer, students ages 14 - 17 are invited to apply to be a volunteer. The Volunteer Office begins accepting application for the summer in April. There are typically two summer sessions, each 4 weeks in length. For more information on the Junior Volunteer Program, please visit their site: https://www.ochsner.org/giving/volunteer/junior-volunteer-program.
In addition, Ochsner Education Outreach partners with and supports summer programming throughout the New Orleans area. Ochsner hosts high school level student internships to help students gain first-hand work experience in non-clinical and clinical areas.
YouthForce NOLA is an organization that facilitates business and education partnerships within the city, with the goal to prepare New Orleans public high school students for successful careers in high-demand fields. In the summer of 2019, Ochsner hosted 50 Orleans Parish students who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Each student completed a 90 hour internship at an Ochsner facility.
The YouthForce Nola – Ochsner partnership is supported by Ochsner Workforce Development.
To learn more about YouthForce NOLA and how to apply, CLICK HERE.