Fairfield University hosted two programs this summer for high school students from Bridgeport.

The university conducted a BASE Camp (Broadening Access to Science Education), a two-week residential summer program designed to give young women from Bridgeport high schools a chance to be immersed in its sciences program. In July, 28 students explored science and health careers and received college admissions counseling, according to a news release from program participant Southwestern Area Health Education Center of Trumbull.

Last year, the program, founded by Shelley Phelan, biology professor and the university's Elizabeth DeCamp McInerney Chair of Health Sciences, received a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The university also hosted a six-week Upward Bound summer program for students who during the school year participated in the federally-funded initiative designed to improve academic, personal and leadership skills to help them enter college.

Joan Lane, the center's director of programs, and AmeriCorps member Cleophas Hanciles taught a course during the program on Introductions to Issues and Careers in Health Care to expose students to health-related careers.

The center also took students in both programs on a day trip to the University of Connecticut's School of Medicine in Farmington and conducted a Health Careers Speed-dating event with professionals from various medical fields, the release states.