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STAR Scholars Program

The STAR (Students Tackling Advanced Research) Scholars Program allows first-year students to participate in faculty-mentored research, scholarship, or creative work during the summer after their freshman year. STAR Scholars work full-time during the summer term while living on campus and earning a $3,500 stipend. The STAR Scholars Program provides an opportunity for students to get to know faculty, explore a major area of research, and gain practical skills and valuable research experience.

Meet a Biomed STAR Scholar

Ryan Benjamin

Rising Sophomore Ryan Benjamin (Advisor: Dr. Sri Balasubramanian) describes his experience tackling advanced research as a STAR Scholar

Danika Meldrum

Rising Sophomore Danika Meldrum (Advsior: Dr. Margaret Wheatley) describes her experience tackling advanced research as a STAR Scholar

The faculty in the School are actively involved in multi-disciplinary and often multi-institutional research. Biomed STAR Scholars have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty from academic and medical institutions in the Philadelphia area. Past Biomed STAR Scholars have participated in research with faculty from the following institutions:

  • Shriner's Hosptial for Children
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Indian Institute of Technology – Madras (iSTAR Program)
  • CONQUER Collaborative
  • ZSX Medical Device Company
  • University of Pennsylvania – School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Drexel College of Medicine Department of Microbiology & Immunology
  • Drexel Plasma Institute
  • Implant Research Center

Read More about past STAR Scholars

STAR Scholars