The Summer of Translational Aging Research for Undergraduates (STAR U) is a fully-funded
program by an R25 grant from the National Institute on Aging(link is external), based at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) campus, and housed within the Taub Institute for Alzheimer’s disease and the Aging Brain. The goal of STAR U is to increase diversity in the field of neuroscience and aging by providing mentorship and training for young scientists who have unique experiences and perspectives. Therefore, the program is limited to students from diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.
STAR U aims to overcome historic barriers that have prevented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds from pursuing careers in aging research. Through a structured summer research program, STAR U will provide 10-12 students per year with:
- individual, tailored research mentorships
- a range of translational learning opportunities
- professional networking and social experiences
Research experiences will be augmented by training, lectures, career development activities,
and social events to provide an enriching and thought-provoking growth experience, culminating with a final research symposium in which students can present their summer research projects. In addition to the summer activities, we hope to keep in touch with STAR U scholars throughout their academic and professional development through lasting mentorship and other collaborative, supportive relationships that extend beyond the summer period.
If needed, housing for the 8-weeks can be provided through The International House of New York(link is external), a residence aligned with several universities in New York, which focuses on interaction of residents in a culture built upon the values of empathy, respect and moral courage. It is located near Columbia University’s main campus and includes dorm-style accommodations along with meal options.
STAR U students will also receive transportation passes, a travel stipend to New York City (if necessary), a stipend of $4000 for the 8-week period to offset other living expenses in New York City, and additional funds to support students to attend one or two national conferences during the academic year.
For details on eligibility and to apply visit Star U.