Summer Research Program in Neuroscience and Aging at Columbia University

A Summer Research Program in Neuroscience and Aging for Students from Diverse Backgrounds


The Summer of Translational Aging Research for Undergraduates (STAR U) is a fully-funded program by an R25 grant from the National Institute on Aging (link is external), based at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) campus, and housed within the Taub Institute for Alzheimer’s disease and the Aging Brain. The goal of STAR U is to increase diversity in the field of neuroscience and aging by providing mentorship and training for young scientists who have unique experiences and perspectives. Therefore, the program is limited to students from diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (see Eligibility ).

STAR U aims to overcome historic barriers that have prevented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds from pursuing careers in aging research. Through a structured summer research program, STAR U will provide 10-12 students per year with:

  1. individual, tailored research mentorships
  2. a range of translational learning opportunities
  3. professional networking and social experiences

Research experiences will be augmented by training, lectures, career development activities,
and social events to provide an enriching and thought-provoking growth experience, culminating with a final research symposium in which students can present their summer research projects. In addition to the summer activities, we hope to keep in touch with STAR U scholars throughout their academic and professional development through lasting mentorship and other collaborative, supportive relationships that extend beyond the summer period.

Program Highlights:

  • Engage in a primary research project under the guidance of expert faculty
  • Participate in seminars on scientific and professional development topics
  • Network with other young scholars and researchers in the field
  • Present at a research symposium with oral and poster presentations
  • Gain exposure and refine your interest in neuroscience/aging research
  • Gain lasting mentorship and supportive relationships that extend beyond STAR U


June 1 – August 1, 2019
All STAR U participants are expected to participate full-time during the entirety of the 8-week
program. In addition, program start and end dates are not flexible.


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