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Office of Undergraduate Research

Hopkins Undergraduate Summer Training and Research (USTAR) Program


The Hopkins Undergraduate Summer Training and Research (USTAR) Program is a two-summer, mentor-guided research training experience for undergraduate students who are in Medicine, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (MSTEM) fields to engage in aging research, including Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD). Selected students are matched with a mentor based on their research interests. Throughout their time at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, they work with their mentors to enrich their understanding of aging research, particularly health disparities, minority aging, and ADRD. In addition, students participate in mentoring workshops, professional development seminars, and other lecture series that develop their competencies in science, research presentations, professionalism, and communication skills.

The goal of the Hopkins USTAR Program is to reduce health disparities and move toward health equity in health outcomes in older adults by increasing the diversity in aging research by focusing on underrepresented undergraduate students from MSTEM fields.

Hopkins USTAR is supported by the National Institute on Aging R25AG076635

Application Deadline: December 1, 2023

Summer 2023 Interns

  • Daysha De La Cruz, Chemistry
  • Raquel StevensonBiology