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The UNC MSTAR Program provides early-stage medical and osteopathic students with enriching experiences in aging-related research and geriatrics. This research takes place under the mentorship of top experts in the field. Sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), MSTAR introduces students to research and academic experiences that they might not otherwise have during medical school. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of eight National Training Centers for the MSTAR program.

Applicant selections for summer 2024 are closed. Applications for summer of 2025 will open in mid-October.

This positive introduction has led many physicians-in-training to pursue academic careers in aging. These careers range from basic science to clinical research to health services research. As a result, they have joined the growing cadre of physicians and scientists with specialized knowledge and skills. Undoubtedly, these things are in great demand as our population ages.

If you are interested in UNC-Chapel Hill as your MSTAR summer site, then please contact Program Coordinator Kristen Ruck at or (919) 445-6770.

NOTE: Mentor availability varies from year to year. Please do not contact MSTAR mentors directly before speaking with the MSTAR coordinator.

Visit the UNC Chapel Hill MSTAR Application Page

REQUIRED: You must discuss your research interests with a program advisor prior to submitting your application and speaking with prospective mentors.