Ochsner Welcomes STAR Program Class of 2008 and Receives Grant

Added on Apr 01, 2008 | Filed Under: General News

Ochsner Academic Division Receives Grant from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana for Summer Program

NEW ORLEANS - Every summer, the Ochsner Academic Division welcomes 12 students into a six-week intensive program, designed to give high school students who excel in science, an opportunity to participate in hands-on scientific research in a laboratory setting with research-funded scientists. Students who are chosen every year have demonstrated an interest in science and healthcare and have come highly recommended from their high schools.

Participants must also meet other criteria, including:

  • Be a rising sophomore, junior and/or senior
  • Demonstrate a focus on and dedication to academics
  • Be at least 16 years old by May 1 of the program year

Student applications were evaluated by the STAR Program Panel and a Finalist "meet and greet" was held to answer any questions for the parents and students. The students below were then chosen for the 2008 STAR Program:

Sobia Arshad 
Rachelle Bordlee
Taylor Davis
Kyrstin Dees
Ryan Gupta
Erika Hotard
Geralynn Lane
Jihye Lim
Erik Olivo
Ngoc Pham
Kayla Rodney
Iesha Spencer
Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy
St. Mary's Dominican High School
New Orleans Math and Science Charter School
Lusher Charter School
Jesuit High School
Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy
Lusher High School
Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy
Benjamin Franklin High School
Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy
Lusher Charter School
New Orleans Science and Math Charter School

The Ochsner STAR Program begins on Monday, June 2, with a one-week orientation that introduces students to Ochsner hospital policies and procedures.  Students will spend the remaining five weeks working with our scientists, attending science classes, learning how to use the medical library for research purposes, and attending mini lecture series, to name a few of their responsibilities.

Support for the STAR program, which pays for supplies such as books, binders, lab equipment, clinical research supplies, science class supplies, printing costs, t-shirts, lab coats, rental of computers, meals and a field trip, has been made possible by  a $23,044 impact grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

For more information on the STAR program please visit the STAR program website or contact Kaela Michele Barnett, Senior Administrator, Academic Community Outreach at (504) 842-5321 or kbarnett@ochsner.org.

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