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STAR U is a structured, 8-week summer training program with the aim of increasing diversity within the field of neuroscience of aging. In addition to individualized faculty mentorship, participants will engage in seminars and professional development activities. Student housing, transportation, and a monetary stipend for the 8-week period will be provided.


  • currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution (rising Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, in addition to graduating Seniors in Spring of 2019)
  • candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. 
  • diverse/underrepresented backgrounds as defined by NIH (

This form consists of several components: demographic information, document upload (personal statement, resume/cv, academic transcript), faculty/project rank selection, and a short essay. Please make sure to complete all components before submitting. 

Do not forget to have your two recommenders email their letters directly to the STAR U Program Coordinator, Kiana Chan (

All application items are due by February 15th, 2019.