Ochsner Summer STAR Program Welcomes Students

Added on Jun 01, 2008 | Filed Under: Event Announcements

Class of 2008 marks 2nd year to offer full-day of research, classes, rotations and lab activities

NEW ORLEANS - On Monday, June 2, Ochsner's Academic Division at 1514 Jefferson Highway will welcome 12 students from the New Orleans Class of 2008 to its Science Technology Academics and Research (STAR) Program, a six-week, hands-on, summer research internship that starts today and ends Friday, June 11.  This year's participants include students of Jesuit, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, New Orleans Math & Science Charter School, Lusher Charter School, Ben Franklin, and Dominican.

The STAR Program is for high school students who excel in science and gives them an opportunity to participate in hands-on scientific research in a laboratory setting with research-funded scientists in the areas of Molecular Genetics, Molecular Cardiology, Pediatric Endocrinology, Cellular Immunology, and Infectious Disease.  Additionally, the 2008 STAR program will include a new component: leadership classes including learning how to use the Medical Library, Medical Terminology, Effective Teams, workshops on HIPAA, Stress Management, Nutrition and Clinical experiences such as CPR, Radiology, Robotics, Flight Care, Blood Bank and Ochsner's Burkard Air Sampler (a regionally unique device that measures daily pollen counts).

STAR begins with a one-week orientation to introduce students to hospital policies and procedures and the expectations of the program; working in a research lab setting; functions of the Center for Health Research, Center for Knowledge Management; networking opportunities; and career development courses.  Students will spend the remaining five weeks working with scientists, attending science classes and lectures, departmental rotations, character-building book reviews, and completing a final project.  Upon successful completion of the program, students will unveil their projects and research subjects at a Graduation Ceremony on July 16.

Ochsner Academics is also collaborating with Junior Achievement to offer its Careers to Work Program.  Loyola University and Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge will be holding a Financial Aid workshop and a mini tour on main campus will include Tulane University, Our Lady of Holy Cross College and LSU (Baton Rouge).

For more information about the STAR Program, please visit http://academics.ochsner.org/outreach.aspx or contact Kaela Barnett at (504) 842-5321.

This program is funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

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