| The Billiken visited Young Hall to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of
the Adventures in Medicine and Science program Tuesday. Submitted photo
Teachers, previous participants, faculty members, families, and collaborators from around the area, like the St. Louis Science Center, came out to help mark the occasion.
AIMS was founded 20 years ago by Paul Young, Ph.D., and other key faculty at Saint Louis University School of Medicine who understood that young people needed early exposure to medical science and career opportunities in order to compete successfully for careers in medicine.
Since then, the program has grown and flourished thanks to the perseverance and talent of many faculty, medical doctors, administrators and teachers. In the 2010-2011 academic year, AIMS reached out to more than 17,000 students, teachers, and families.
During the event, seven individuals were honored for their instrumental role in AIMS' success. Those recognized were:
- Paul Young, Ph.D.
- Michele Byrd Grant, teacher for 33 years at Vashon High School
- Greg Smith, Ph.D., assistant dean for Education Development at SLU's School of Medicine
- Richard Blath, M.D., AIMS Presenter
- Karen Montgomery, manager of AIMS from 1995-2004
- Cliff Downey, teacher at Queen of All Saints
- Mark Jiles, teacher at Collinsville High School
- Rich Nolte, adjunct faculty at St. Charles Community College