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STAR Program

Overview

The Summer Trainees in Academic Research (STAR) Program at New York Medical College, established in 2012, was created to enhance the research experience of high school and undergraduate students who wish to conduct mentored scientific investigations in our labs over the summer.

The physical resources available to trainees are excellent. The College’s research laboratories, located in the Basic Sciences Building (BSB), are equipped with state-of-the-art investigative equipment that provides the capacity for protein sequencing, mass spectometry, gas or liquid (HPLC) chromatography, confocal and intravital microscopy, cell cytometry, in vivo physiological monitoring and other advanced research techniques. 

STAR trainees who wish to pursue a Master's or Ph.D. degree at the GSBMS upon graduation will be offered an interview under the following conditions:

  1. they have successfully completed the STAR Program
  2. they are entering their senior year of undergraduate study
  3. they obtain a positive recommendation from their research mentor
  4. they submit an appropriate application to the GSBMS

Independent Research

The core of the STAR Program is the mentored research project, which allows the summer research trainees to conduct authentic scientific research in an active laboratory under the guidance of a faculty mentor. We ask for a six week time commitment, from late June to early-August. 

Journal Club

Trainees will participate in the STAR Journal Club, giving them the opportunity to discuss and critically evaluate scientific literature.

Seminar Series

A series of weekly special seminars by faculty, postdoc and graduate student speakers is offered to all summer research trainees working at NYMC. The series is designed to familiarize trainees with the various fields of biomedical science by highlighting current projects by NYMC researchers, and to introduce trainees to the essential skills of data analysis and science communications. Past seminar topics have included:

  • Stress: the good, the bad, and the ugly: neurochemical aspects
  • Chemoprevention by grape polyphenol resveratrol: targets and mechanisms
  • Preparing and delivering effective science presentations
  • Inability to utilize certain carbohydrates results in loss of fitness for Borrelia burgdorferi in the enzoonotic cycle

Research Forum

The Research Forum takes place at the end of the program. Summer trainees present research in PowerPoint or professional poster format, enhancing their science communication skills. Constructive feedback is provided by faculty and graduate student judges. For high school trainees, the Research Forum is excellent preparation for the science competitions that are a requirement of their school programs. The Research Forum is open to the public.