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The University of Maryland School of Public Health Summer Training and Research (STAR) program is designed to provide traditionally under-represented undergraduate students with two consecutive summers of a 10-week research training and career development program to enhance their potential to apply for and complete graduate degrees in biomedical and behavioral science relevant to preventing and treating cardiovascular disease.

The Specific Objectives of the UM STAR Program are to:

  • Enhance research skills and experience necessary to be competitive graduate school applicants in cardiovascular and related disease research areas
  • Enhance awareness of the process, practice, and ethics underlying scientific research
  • Prepare trainees for graduate school and a research career    
  • Provide quality mentoring
  • Increase knowledge of landmark and breakthrough research on the causes and prevention of cardiovascular and related diseases
  • Have Fun!

Program Co-Directors

hagbergJames Hagberg,
PhD – Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Maryland School of Public Health






knickersonKim Nickerson,
Assistant Dean for Diversity,
University of Maryland
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences






Program Staff

  • Mr. Eric Walker – Program Coordinator
  • Ms. Alison O'Neill – Evaluation Specialist



UM STAR participants in 2013