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.
STAR 2013 Program
We are accepting applications for 2013 now. An information session for interested students, parents, and teachers will be held on Wednesday, February 27th, 6:00 - 7:00pm, at Ochsner's Jefferson Highway campus. Completed applications are due on March 6th by 4:00pm, and the program will take place June 24 - July 23, 2013.
Please continue to monitor this website for updated information regarding events, deadlines, and the application process.
STAR is a 5-week summer program, held Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm, that focuses primarily on scientific research, practical medicine, and leadership development. The knowledge and skills students acquire in this program will provide them with a solid foundation on which to build an advanced education and successful future in science, medicine, and other aspects of healthcare.
Participating students have the opportunity to
- Conduct cutting-edge, inquiry-based scientific experiments under the guidance of Ochsner scientists in the setting of a dedicated student laboratory (the iLab).
- Acquire hands-on experience with sophisticated medical technologies.
- Learn about the latest advancements in medicine and healthcare from Ochsner physicians, nurses, and administrators.
- Develop professional and life skills, such as writing resumes, creating effective presentations, networking, and serving as a leader.
- Participate in stimulating and informative programs, including stress management, CPR certification, and debates on current social issues impacted by science and medicine.
- Applicants must be at least 16 years old by June 1st of the program year
- Applicants cannot be 18 years old before August 1st of the program year
- Program is open to students advancing in to 11th or 12th grade
- Graduating seniors are not eligible
- There is no minimum grade point average or ACT/SAT score
- Students must be residents of and attend high school in the State of Louisiana
STAR 2011 Program funded by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation
STAR 2008-09 Programs funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation