The Summer of Translational Aging Research for Undergraduates (STAR U) Program is a 2-month fully-funded research training program designed to encourage students from diverse and underrepresented communities to pursue further studies and careers in aging and neuroscience related research.
STAR U is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Aging, Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (ADAR) through Undergraduate Education (R25). The program is based at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), as part of the Department of Neurology and the Taub Institute for Alzheimer’s disease and the Aging Brain.
Through a semi-structured summer research program, STAR U will provide 10-12 students per year with:
- Mentorship from Columbia faculty members on an individualized research project in the field of neuroscience and aging research,
- A range of additional learning opportunities including a seminar series, journal clubs, lectures, and shadowing opportunities,
- Professional networking and social events to foster a sense of community and mentorship that will extend beyond the STAR U program.
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 living stipend 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 further details on the program, including eligibility and application process, visit Star U.