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Developmental Psychobiology Research Group

Scholarly Trainees Acquiring Research Skills (STARS) Program

2015 STARS trainees

- Are you a student enrolled at 1 of 7 Colorado community colleges?
- Are you interested in research on child development?
- Are you interested in research on mental illness?
- Are you interested in neuroscience research?
- Are you interested in pursuing a graduate degree?
- Are you interested in spending the summer working in a research lab?
Then the STARS program may be for you...


FEB. 8, 2016, 5:00 p.m. MST 

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The STARS program offers opportunities for community college students who are interested in exploring careers in medical research related to child psychology, child psychiatry, and developmental neuroscience. This summer experience is sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health and hosted by the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group at University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colorado. The focus of the 16 participating research faculty is on understanding the relationship between development and mental illness using a variety of perspectives. The eight week summer fellowships pair students with a variety of preceptors including:
  • animal behaviorists
  • child psychiatrists
  • child psychologists
  • developmental biologists
  • electrophysiologists
  • molecular scientists
  • neuro-imagers
  • neuroscientists
  • pharmacologists
  • psychiatrists

​Summer internships are open to Community College Undergraduates including:

  • Graduating high school seniors who have been accepted but have not yet started college
  • Students who are enrolled in Spring semester classes and who will return to Fall classes
  • Students who will complete their community college experience by Spring and who will transfer to a 4-year university in the fall
  • Students must be planning to transfer to a 4-year college or university after their community college experience
  • Students must be enrolled in one of seven Colorado community colleges: Colorado Mountain College; Lamar Community College; Northwestern Community College; Northeastern Community College; Otero Junior College; Pueblo Community College; Trinidad State Junior College
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age by the first day of the program
  • Individuals from groups under-represented in science are encouraged to apply (including from underrepresented minorities, those with disabilities, and those from less advantaged economic backgrounds).

​Things to know about STARS Internships:

  • STARS interns work full-time, 40 hours per week during the 8 week program, from June 6th - July 29th.
  • Fellows should not combine their research work with other significant work commitments or daytime class work.
  • Fellows are paid a stipend of $3,200.
  • Housing, funding for food, and transportation are provided. Participants will be placed in double occupancy housing with other interns.  Parking is NOT included in the program. For individuals who wish to drive and park, The University of Colorado AMC requires purchase of a parking pass. The cost of parking passes is NOT included in the program.
  • Students must commit to completing the program requirements, including attending orientation, writing a goals and objectives report and presenting a final poster at the Poster Session.
​Final stipend amounts will be determined after formal approval by the National Institutes of Health.  The anticipated stipend for the 8-week program is $3,200.