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STAR Students Are Here!

(June 13, 2012) Ochsner Clinic Foundation officially welcomed its STAR class of 2012 on Monday, June 11. Academic Outreach conducts the STAR Program every summer from early June until mid-July with the goal of fostering a rich sense of awareness of the worlds of science, technology, academics, and research in local high school students.

Ochsner has a longstanding reputation for educating undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students at its many facilities. Since 2005, STAR has expanded that tradition to high school students by offering a highly selective summer enrichment program geared towards students who are interested in the fields of science, medicine, and research.

This 7th STAR class is composed of 16 students from 13 high schools in the tri-parish area. The STAR curriculum includes various clinical and hospital rotations, hands-on experiments in the iLab, and unique opportunities for exposure to the many facets of a large teaching hospital. The students will be exploring many departments of the hospital and clinic on a daily basis. If you see a large group of students in white lab coats roaming the halls of the clinic or hospital, you will know that they are the STAR students! In addition to doing research and exploring the hospital, the students will have the opportunity to meet and work with Ochsner physicians, nurses, scientists, and staff members in other clinical and nonclinical roles.

This year’s STAR students are Alexandra Baldassaro (Patrick Taylor), Alexandra Cloutet (Mandeville High), Emily Nichols (Lakeshore High), Eliane Villarrubia (Dominican), George Smith (Ben Franklin), Jade Berfect (Destrehan High), Katherine Henry (Fontainebleau High), Luke Tang (Ben Franklin), Marc Gibson (Holy Cross), Moamen Ismail (Grace King), Malik Robinson (West Jefferson High), Nicole Bryer (Mount Carmel), Patrick Madden (Archbishop Rummel), Robert Sanders (Country Day), Shahan Maqbool (Grace King), and Zhen Huang (Jesuit).

For more information about the STAR Program and its daily activities, click to the STAR website . For more information about Academic Outreach or to get involved, contact Academic Outreach at Ochsner, at 504-842-5321, email EducationOutreach@ochsner.org, or visit the Academic Outreach website.

Academic Outreach serves the community and maintains Ochsner’s position as an international academic leader by supporting educational development, providing unique academic resources, and connecting students and teachers with innovative academic opportunities.

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