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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 four-week summer program, held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., which 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. In addition, STAR will provide students the opportunity to:

  • 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.


  • Applicants must be at least 16 by the start of the program.
  • Open to students advancing into 12th grade (graduating seniors are not eligible).
  • There is no minimum grade point average (GPA) or ACT or SAT score.
  • Students must be residents of and attend high school in Louisiana.