Ochsner Welcomes STAR Program Class of 2009

Added on Jun 02, 2009 | Filed Under: General News

Academic Division Expands Summer Science Program to More Students

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 scientists. This year, the STAR program, which stands for Science, Technology, Academics and Research and is a free, educational summer camp, was expanded to high school students from schools in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Tammany, Plaquemines and St. Charles parishes. Only students who have demonstrated an interest in science and healthcare and have come highly recommended from their high schools were chosen for this year's program.

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 chosen for the 2009 STAR Program:

Andrew Mauroner - St. Tammany Parish St. Paul's School
Shahed Mahmud - Jefferson Parish Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy
Piper Jacocks - Orleans Parish Lusher Charter School
Elizabeth Holzenthal - St. Tammany Parish St.Scholastica Academy
Alton Denson - Orleans Parish Capdau Early College High
Sarah Bienes - Jefferson Parish Cabrini High School
Emily Moskau - Jefferson Parish John Curtis Christian School
Rachel Mudge - Plaquemines Parish Mt.Carmel Academy
Amnah Rahman - St. Tammany Parish St.Scholastica Academy
Crystal Rathore - Jefferson Parish Academy of Our Lady
Tamara Soublet - Orleans Parish Cabrini High School
Taylor Wyble - St. Charles Parish Destrehan High School

The Ochsner STAR Program began yesterday, Monday, June 1 with a one-week orientation that introduced students to Ochsner hospital policies and procedures. Students will spend the remaining five weeks working with Ochsner scientists, attending science classes, learning to use the medical library for research, and attending mini lecture series.

For more information on the Ochsner STAR program, please visit www.ochsner.org/academics or contact Allison Fischtziur, Senior Administrator-Project Coordinator at (504) 842-5321 or via email at afischtziur@ochsner.org

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