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Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

University of Colorado Denver
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Denver Student Training in Research Science (STaRS) Program


Student in Lab pictureProvides an opportunity for high ability high school students in their junior or senior year from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds and those interested in exploring careers and educational opportunities in the areas of research, biomedical and clinical fields, and translational sciences. The program consists of a series of workshops, trainings, mentoring opportunities, and research experiences designed to broaden and encourage applications to undergraduate, medical, and graduate programs at the University of Colorado.

The Denver STaRS Program is a partnership between the University of Colorado, CCTSI, and the Office of Inclusion and Outreach at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Research Experience

Students Attending

Underrepresented high school juniors and seniors at Denver East High School and Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) Stapleton and Green Valley Ranch Campuses

Goal

Expose students to biomedical, translational and other research fields to increase awareness of areas and career options.

Duration

8-10 weeks, 8-10 hours per week, year round

Trainings

  • Chemical Waste Management
  • Regulated Medical Waste Management
  • Blood Borne Pathogen
  • Professionalism
  • Lab Safety (other trainings based on research, HIPAA, Laser Safety, etc.)

Skills Gained

Based on your individual research experience. Examples include pipet, gel electrophoresis, Immunocytochemistry, DNA extractions, survey creation and administration, how to review scientist papers, data analysis, western blot, etc.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (preferred 3.3)
  • Complete application and essay
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must be available for 8-10 consecutive weeks, for 8-10 hours per week (no weekends)
  • Must have a current state or federal issued picture ID (Driver's License, Passport, etc.) by start of experience

How to Apply

Please send an email to Christian Valtierra at christian.valtierra@ucdenver.edu, if you are interested in participating in the STaRS Program.

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