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Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

Applications for MSTAR 2023 are now open!! Scroll down for more information


PIs: Benjamin Han, MD, MPH, Ellen Lee, MD, Alison Moore, MD, MPH, FACP

The Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program is funded by the National Institute on Aging and has been offered at UC San Diego since 2005. Each year, this popular program provides up to 18 medical students from across the nation an opportunity to conduct 8 to 12 weeks of summer research guided by the mentorship of a UC San Diego faculty member. Students receive full-time training conducting hands-on research in an area of personal interest pertaining to aging or an age-related disorder. Additionally, students participate in a variety of didactics that help shape their knowledge related to aging and teach valuable skills needed to conduct research. Students are provided an opportunity to showcase their work locally and encouraged to travel to the Annual Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society to present their findings. 

Program Updates

Learn more about the 2022 MSTAR Program, new Principal Investigators, and student projects. Thank you to trainees and mentors for making this program a success!


Congratulations to Kevin Yang, recipient of the 2022 Stein Institute's Jackuelyn Harris Award for Excellence in Aging Research! Learn more

MSTAR Trainees at the 2022 American Geriatrics Society Meeting

The annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) was held in Orlando, FL, last week. We are proud of our Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) trainees who presented their work during the Presidential Poster Session.

Suma Gudipati
Mentor: Jona Hattangadi-Gluth, MD
The Role of the Thalamus and Thalamic Subfields in Mediating Post-treatment Cognitive Changes in Primary Brain Tumor Patients

Isabelle Velloze
Mentor: Brent Mausbach, PhD
Interventions to Reduce Loneliness in Caregivers: An Integrative Review of the Literature

Leah Howitt
Mentor: Maile Karris, MD
Latinx Older Adults Living with HIV: Caring for This Growing and Unique Population in the 3rd Decade of the HIV Epidemic in the U.S.

Announcement

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

The application process for the MSTAR program at UC San Diego is currently open. The deadline for applications is January 30, 2023 at 5:00 PM EST. 

Applications and application instructions are online and can be accessed here or via the QR code belowThe Home Institution Faculty Sponsor form, a required component of the application, can be accessed for download here.


The MSTAR program is funded by the National Institute on Aging and has been offered at UC San Diego since 2005. Each year, this popular program provides up to 18 medical students from across the nation an opportunity to conduct 2 to 3 months of summer research guided by the mentorship of a UC San Diego faculty member. Students receive fulltime training conducting hands-on research in an area of personal interest pertaining to aging or an age-related disorder. Additionally, students participate in a variety of clinical activities and didactics that help shape their knowledge base related to aging and teach valuable skills needed to conduct research. Students are provided an opportunity to showcase their work locally and encouraged to travel to the Annual Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society to present their findings. 

 

Please visit the AFAR website for more information on the program, eligibility, and application guidelines. Applicants will be notified of their application status by mid-March, 2023.


Check Eligibility

In order to apply to the UCSD MSTAR Program, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Any allopathic or osteopathic medical student in good standing, who will have successfully completed one year of medical school at a U.S. institution before starting the program is eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
  • Students holding PhD, MD, DVM, or equivalent doctoral degrees in the health sciences are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants may not hold another award, grant or participate in another program concurrently with the MSTAR program.
  • Students must participate in the program full-time for a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks. The weeks must be continuous. The didactic portion of the program will take place in late June and July. 
  • Research project must be focused on aging.
  • The stipend level is approximately $2,110 per month; actual amounts will vary based on the specific appointment period of individual students. Students will NOT receive additional funds for travel and housing.

For more information about the MSTAR program, please email us at healthyaging@health.ucsd.edu