Ochsner STAR Program


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Our Mission

The Ochsner STAR Program provides qualified high school students, particularly those with limited means and access, a cost-free opportunity to explore the world of healthcare. Through a rigorous, hands-on summer course focusing on science, technology, academics, and research, STAR aims to engage and inspire students to pursue further education and careers in science and medicine.

Program Details

STAR is a 5-week summer program, held Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm, that focuses primarily on scientific research, practical medicine, and leadership development. The knowledge and skills students acquire in this program will provide them with a solid foundation on which to build an advanced education and successful future in science, medicine, and other aspects of healthcare.

  • Conduct cutting-edge, inquiry-based scientific experiments under the guidance of Ochsner scientists in the setting of a dedicated student laboratory (the iLab)
  • Acquire hands-on experience with sophisticated medical technologies
  • Learn about the latest advancements in medicine and healthcare from Ochsner physicians, nurses, and administrators
  • Develop professional and life skills, such as writing resumes, creating effective presentations, networking, and serving as a leader
  • Participate in stimulating and informative programs, including stress management, CPR certification, and debates on current social issues impacted by science and medicine


  • Participants must be at least 16 years old by the start of the program and may not turn 18 before the program ends
  • Open to students advancing into 11th or 12th grade (graduating Seniors are not eligible)
  • There is no minimum grade point average or ACT/SAT score
  • Students must be residents of and attend high school in the State of Louisiana

Frequently-Asked Questions

What is the STAR program’s attendance policy?
STAR runs daily from Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm, and regular attendance for all rotations and classes is required. Students are allowed 1 absence throughout the program.

When will I be able to apply for the program?
The STAR application is typically available each January and due in March, but dates vary by year. Please continue to check this website for more concrete dates and deadlines as the application period approaches.

How much does STAR cost?
The STAR program is free of charge. There are no fees or tuition.

Are all of the “pre-STAR” events required?
Yes. Events occurring before the official STAR Program, including interviews and the Meet & Greet, are events requiring attendance of all students. Additionally, at least one parent or guardian is required to attend the Round 2 Interview and Meet & Greet.

What is STAR’s transportation and parking policy?
STAR Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program on a daily basis. Students will be able to park in designated parking places in the parking garage or employee parking lot.

Can my friends and family come on rotations with me?
Unfortunately, only STAR Student Scholars are allowed to participate in official STAR Program rotations and classes.

Does STAR count toward my school or organization’s service hours requirement?
Eligibility of STAR Program hours to count as service hours depends on your school or organization’s rules and guidelines.

For Teachers/ Counselors

To schedule a member of the STAR Administration to come to your school and discuss the STAR Program with your students, please contact the Academic Outreach office at 504.842.3237 or educationoutreach@ochsner.org.

If you have further questions about the STAR Program, please contact the Academic Outreach office at 504.842.3237 or educationoutreach@ochsner.org.

STAR 2013 Program funded by Ochsner's Patrick Quinlan Excellence Fund
STAR 2011 Program funded by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation
STAR 2008-09 Programs funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation