Biostar scholars

BioStar Opens Doors

Through BioSTAR, WSU student Orly Leiva supplemented his science courses with activities that prepared him for a career in the biomedical sciences. “My ultimate goal is to go to medical school, and I’m strongly considering an M.D.-Ph.D.,” he says.


BioSTAR, the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) Biomedical Scholars Training and Research program, is an National Institutes of Health-supported program to promote science exposure and career development in the biosciences for undergraduates who are members of underrepresented minorities, disabled or economically disadvantaged. The goal is to increase the numbers of such students who enter Ph.D. programs in biomedical and biobehavioral disciplines.

Wright State University’s IMSD BioSTAR program offers mentored research opportunities, academic enhancement courses and enrichment activities that include seminars, journal club, visits to area research facilities and travel to regional and local scientific meetings. BioSTAR participants enter the program at the junior or senior year of college and should be available to commit at least one academic year to the program. Participants entering the program as juniors are encouraged to continue the program during the summer between the junior and senior year.

The BioSTAR program will better prepare eligible undergraduates to pursue a career in the biomedical sciences through an experience that demonstrates the excitement and rewards of clinically-relevant research. To learn more about the program or to apply, please follow the links in the menu to the right.