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STAR Program Accepting Applications for Class of 2013

(January 14, 2013) Do you know a high school student who is interested in pursuing a career in research, healthcare, and/or science? Point that student in the right direction with the 2013 STAR Summer Program! Academic Outreach has opened applications for the 8th annual Science, Technology, Academics, and Research Program. This free summer program is a unique experience offered to 16 students in Louisiana.

The Ochsner STAR program provides qualified high school students, particularly those with limited means and access, a cost-free opportunity to explore the world of healthcare. Through a rigorous, hands-on summer course focusing on science, technology, academics, and research, STAR aims to engage and inspire students to pursue further education and careers in science and medicine.

Students who are interested in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity should get started now with their application paperwork. Students who qualify for consideration must be 16 years old by June 1, 2013 and may not be 18 years of age before August 1, 2013. Necessary paperwork for submission includes the application, two recommendation letters, and an essay detailing the student’s desire to be a 2013 STAR Student Scholar. The application deadline is March 6, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. After committee review, the top 25% of applicants will be called for interviews with the STAR administrative team. Following this competitive process, 16 students and two alternates will be selected to make up the STAR Class of 2013. Application packets are available in various high school counseling offices or by download from the STAR website.

Students, parents, school administrators, teachers, and community members are encouraged to attend the STAR Information Session on Wednesday, February 27, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the Brent House Conference Center of Ochsner’s Jefferson Highway Campus.

Between June 24 and July 23, students will experience one-on-one job shadows in the specialties of their choice; tour departments; visit Elmwood Fitness Center; observe presentations from physicians, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses; work with the da Vinci robot; conduct experiments in the iLab with Ochsner research scientists; witness a surgery via web camera; obtain CPR certification; take medical terminology courses; enjoy lunch with University of Queensland medical students; and so much more!

To download an application or to learn more about the STAR Program, please visit the STAR website. Additionally, you may contact Allison Sharai at 504-842-5321 or ASharai@ochsner.org, or Neill Aguiluz at 504-842-3237 or RAguiluz@ochsner.org.

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