Summer Training as Research Scholars Program

Thank you for your interest in the Summer Training as Research Scholars Program.  STaRS is designed to promote access to graduate education for traditionally underrepresented students in science and medicine.  STaRS is a grant funded program through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH and is run by Boston University’s Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, a recognized leader in graduate education and biomedical research.

STaRS is a dynamic and focused program that is designed specifically for the enhancement of skills required for successful entrance and completion of a graduate program or an MD/PhD program in the biomedical sciences.

STaRS offers motivated and academically talented students a valuable opportunity to confirm a strong interest in doctoral studies particularly in the areas of heart, lung and blood research.

The application for Summer 2018 is now closed. The program will run from June 4 – August 10, 2018.

During the ten week onsite summer internship, scholars will be mentored in the laboratory by faculty and group of lab members from the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences.  Biomedical laboratories that participate in STaRS reside in the doctoral departments and programs within GMS and placement of scholars are aligned with their research interests. After several weeks of gaining familiarity with the equipment and routine of the laboratory, the research scholar will gradually be guided toward development of an independent research project. The research scholar will present his/her project at a symposium at the close of the program, which recognizes the  accomplishment of  each scholar of the STaRS cohort.

Research scholars have the opportunity to  participate in a variety of enrichment and professional development activities offered through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, departmental affiliation and/or laboratory. These activities include: journal club,  research seminars, science talks, career discussions and workshops focused on building particular skills such as resume or abstract writing.

STaRS is located on the Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) in the South End of Boston, a small multicultural neighborhood with a lively arts community. Boston is defined by its neighborhoods. As a major college-oriented city Boston offers many cultural and recreational activities to engage the varied interests of a large and diverse student population. STaRS provides opportunities for research scholars to explore Boston, visit major attractions, and meet other like-minded students enjoying summer in the city.

Qualified STaRS applicants must have the following:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be a rising junior or rising senior.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have some prior research experience.
  • Have an interest in pursuing a doctoral degree (PhD) at Boston University.

*Undergraduate students belonging to groups that are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education due to race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, etc. are encouraged to apply.

As part of the STaRS program, research scholars will receive:

  • $4,800 stipend for program participation
  • Round trip travel to Boston
  • University housing (apartment style dorms)
  • Travel and lodging to attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and present your research

Do you have questions about the program? Please contact us at

We hope to hear from you soon!

STaRS Program