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The University of Michigan Medical Student Training in Aging Research (UM-MSTAR) Program

Supported by: The National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR).

The University of Michigan’s Medical Student Training in Aging Research program (UM-MSTAR) is a part of the national MSTAR Program. The overall goal of MSTAR is to provide medical students, early in their training, with an enriching experience in age-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. This program introduces students to research and academic experiences that they might not otherwise have during medical school. This positive introduction has led many physicians-in-training to pursue academic careers in aging, ranging from basic science to clinical research to health services research.

The director of UM-MSTAR is Lillian Min, MD, MSHS, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine.

The application process for UM-MSTAR and its program structure vary depending on the student’s location.

 

1. University of Michigan Students:

  1. Students who wish to participate in UM-MSTAR at the University of Michigan may apply through the University of Michigan ’s Student Biomedical Research Program (SBRP). UM-MSTAR is fully integrated with SBRP. Selection is based on interest of students and the research mentor. Dr. Jeffrey Halter works with the SBRP program to select students for UM-MSTAR.

Program Structure

  1. University of Michigan students who wish to apply to national MSTAR should go to the AFAR web site http://www.afar.org/research/funding/mstar/ and click on Grants and Applications, scroll down to Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program and select on-line application via AFAR. We can assist with local letters of support as required.

 

2. Wayne State University Students:

The application process is the same as section 1B above. Wayne State University students have an option of staying at WSU with a mentor there. They should contact Dr. Halter directly as well as apply to AFAR. The program structure is similar to that for University of Michigan students except for participation in the Fall Student Forum.

 

3. Students from Other Schools:

The application process is the same as 1B above through the AFAR web site, where more details are provided regarding eligibility, selection criteria, and the application procedure. Dr. Halter works with AFAR to select students who want to come to the University of Michigan. He also assists students to identify a University of Michigan mentor. The program structure is similar to that for University of Michigan students except for participation in the Fall Student Forum.