Medical Student Research Opportunities (MSTAR)

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

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 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.

The application process for the MSTAR program at UC San Diego is currently open. 

The deadline for applications is January 25, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST. The application form and application instructions are online and can be accessed here:

NTC MSTAR application and instructions - 2019.docx

The home institution faculty sponsor form, a required component of the application, can be accessed here:

NTC Faculty Form - 2019.docx

Please submit your complete application as a single PDF by email to

Please review our flyer and visit for more information on the program, eligibility, and application guidelines. Applicants will be notified of their application status by early March 2018.

For questions regarding the MSTAR program, please contact us by email at

Interested? Learn more about MSTAR from our students:

Spotlight on MSTAR Trainee: Kevin Woo

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Read a Diary of Former MSTAR Trainee: Courtney Hsu (Maloney)

Courtney Hsu (Maloney)

For more information about the MSTAR program, please email us at