BioSTAR, the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) Biomedical Scholars Training and Research program, is an National Institutes of Health-supported program to promote science exposure and career development in the biosciences for undergraduates who are members of underrepresented minorities, disabled or economically disadvantaged. The goal is to increase the numbers of such students who enter Ph.D. programs in biomedical and biobehavioral disciplines.
Wright State University’s IMSD BioSTAR program offers mentored research opportunities, academic enhancement courses and enrichment activities that include seminars, journal club, visits to area research facilities and travel to regional and local scientific meetings. BioSTAR participants enter the program at the junior or senior year of college and should be available to commit at least one academic year to the program. Participants entering the program as juniors are encouraged to continue the program during the summer between the junior and senior year.
The BioSTAR program will better prepare eligible undergraduates to pursue a career in the biomedical sciences through an experience that demonstrates the excitement and rewards of clinically-relevant research. To learn more about the program or to apply, please follow the links in the menu to the right.
BioSTAR participants will be involved in the following activities:
- Conducting “hands-on” research with faculty mentors in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, College of Science and Math or Department of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering of the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
- Working 15 hours per week during the academic year and 28 hours per week in the summer.
- Receiving compensation of $12 per hour.
- Maintaining acceptable standards of academic achievement.
- Participating in additional program activities including seminars, journal club, workshops, poster presentations and visits to regional and local research facilities.
To be accepted into the BioSTAR Program, an applicant should be
- a Wright State University student majoring in a biomedical or biobehavioral science and entering his/her junior or senior year at the time of application;
- a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
- a member of an underrepresented minority group (i.e. African-American, Native American/Alaskan Native, Hispanic, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander), an individual with a disability or an individual from a disadvantaged background; and
- interested in graduate study (at the Ph.D. level) and research in biomedical or biobehavioral field upon completion of the undergraduate degree.