Summer Training as Research Scholars Program
STaRS is a dynamic and focused program that is designed to promote access to graduate education for traditionally underrepresented students in science and medicine. STaRS provides scholars with the opportunity to participate in research and enhances skills required for successful entrance and completion of a graduate program or an MD/PhD program in the biomedical sciences.
Each STaRS participant is assigned a faculty mentor and participates in biomedical research projects in a broad range of topics, including heart, lung and blood research. In addition, the STaRS program includes journal clubs, research skill-building seminars and workshops, career discussions and workshops focused on special topics such as oral and written skills, resume and abstract writing, and applying to a PhD program or an MD/PhD program in the biomedical sciences. Scholars also enjoy social activities in Boston.
The program is grant funded through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH and is run by Boston University’s Graduate Medical Sciences, a recognized leader in graduate education and biomedical research.
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 STaRS application is now open! The deadline to apply is February 1, 2021.
Please click here to view the application.
Please be advised that Boston University School of Medicine is currently operating all laboratory facilities at reduced capacity in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
It is our goal to ensure an enriching research experience that adheres to the safety protocols for all university-sponsored research activity. Because of this, at this time, we cannot guarantee that the 2021 program will operate in person. In 2020, the STaRS program was conducted remotely as the COVID-19 pandemic prevented an on-campus experience. Therefore, we are fully equipped to run the program remotely in 2021 should it be needed.
All accepted students will be notified of the program format as updates become available. You can refer to Boston University’s coronavirus plans on the university’s Back2BU site site for current research guidelines and updates.
Consistent with the NIH mission, in order to support a diverse scientific workforce the BU STaRs program is particularly interested in the following groups:
- Racial/Ethnic Minorities (African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and U.S. Pacific Islanders), which have a longstanding history of underrepresentation and continuing efforts,
- Students with disabilities (defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities), and
- Students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds
Qualified STaRS applicants must have the following:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Be a rising junior or rising senior at the start of Summer 2020 and currently enrolled in a degree program, part-time or full-time, leading to a Bachelor’s degree.
(*If you are graduating in 2020, please see below.)
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Have an interest in biological research
- Have some prior research experience
* Attention Seniors and Recent Grads: Boston University School of Medicine has launched a one year PREP program. For students who are graduating in 2021 and who would like additional research experience before applying to graduate school, please click here to learn more information about BU PREP.
During the ten week onsite summer internship, scholars will be mentored in the laboratory by faculty and group of lab members from Graduate Medical Sciences. Biomedical laboratories that participate in STaRS reside in the various departments and programs within the School of Medicine and School of Public Health. Research placement is based on each scholar’s 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 Graduate Medical Sciences, departmental affiliation and/or laboratory. These activities include science talks, career development seminars and department-specific journal clubs.
STaRS participants are also trained in a number of topics, including scientific communication skills, including oral communication, writing an abstract, preparing and presenting a poster, basic research principles, responsible conduct of research, and applying to a graduate program or an MD/PhD program in the biomedical sciences.
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 encourages opportunities for research scholars to explore Boston, visit major attractions, and meet other like-minded students enjoying summer in the city.
Stipend and Travel Support
As part of the STaRS program, research scholars will receive:
- Stipend for program participation
- Round trip travel to Boston for out-of-state students
- University housing (apartment style dorms)
Do you have questions about the program? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in the Summer Training as Research Scholars Program. We hope to hear from you soon!