Biomedical Scholars Training & Research Program (BioSTAR)

How To Apply

To apply for admission to the BioSTAR program, submit the online application or complete one of the following applications and submit it by U.S. Mail:

In addition, official copies of all undergraduate transcripts should be sent by your institution(s) to the address below, as well as two completed faculty recommendation forms. (The recommendation form is included with the application above.) Only completed applications will be considered. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Mail your completed application, including narrative sections, to BioSTAR Program, 237 Health Sciences, WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001.  If you have any questions, please email

Application Form

Use this form to apply online for the BioSTAR Program. Before clicking on the "submit" button at the bottom of this form, print a copy with your answers for your records.

General Information
(if different from above)
School Information
Personal Information
(See NIH definition of disadvantaged status below)
*Disadvantaged background status is defined by the National Institutes of Health as: 1. Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size; published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels at For individuals from low income backgrounds, the institution must be able to demonstrate that such participants have qualified for Federal disadvantaged assistance or they have received any of the following student loans: Health Professions Student Loans (HPSL), Loans for Disadvantaged Student Program, or they have received scholarships from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Scholarship for Individuals with Exceptional Financial Need. 2. Individuals who come from a social, cultural or educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that have demonstrably and recently directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career. Recruitment and retention plans related to a disadvantaged background are most applicable to high school and perhaps to undergraduate candidates, but would be more difficult to justify for individuals beyond that level of academic achievement.
Interests, Accomplishments and Extra-Curricular Activities
Please provide a response to each of the following questions. Your response may not exceed 300 words per question.
(You should describe a person or situation that propelled you toward your career path in science or research.)

3. In responding to the following questions be sure to only include those activities and awards that are relevant to your interest in science and biomedical research.

(For example-science fairs, science clubs, internships, community service, hobbies). Describe the specific role you played in the activities.
If you engage in research, describe the specific role you played in the research project.

4. How would you evaluate and describe your aptitude in relation to the characteristics listed below? In responding, give specific examples of science-related projects which demonstrate your aptitude in the following areas. Avoid responses "I am very curious" or "I have much initiative." Carefully evaluate and include specific and relevant examples.

Instructions: All of the following material MUST be submitted before an application will be considered.

Applicant Information Form: As submitted above

Transcript(s): Official copies of all undergraduate transcripts (including courses in progress)

Faculty Recommendations: Two completed reference forms from academic faculty. (The reference form is included with the downloadable application. Provide the names and email addresses of your references below).

Last edited on 02/03/2015.