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The MSTAR Program provides medical students, early in their training, with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. This program introduces students to research and academic experiences that they might not otherwise have during medical school.

This positive introduction has led many physicians-in-training to pursue academic careers in aging, ranging from basic science to clinical research to health services research. They have joined the growing cadre of physicians and scientists whose specialized knowledge and skills are in great demand as our population ages.

MSTAR brochureThe UNC MSTAR Program Information & Orientation

MSTAR Research Opportunities & Selecting a Mentor

Chapel Hill: the MSTAR Site for you

UNC MSTAR Alumni Data

American Geriatric Society (AGS) Annual Scientific Meeting

If you are interested in UNC-Chapel Hill as your MSTAR summer site, please contact Program Coordinator Kristen Ruck at the email below.

NOTE: we request you do not directly contact UNC MSTAR mentors before speaking with the MSTAR coordinator since mentor availability varies from year to year.

Phone: (919) 445-6770

Download the UNC Chapel Hill application HERE (coming soon)

REQUIRED: You must speak with the program coordinator prior to submitting your application to discuss your research interests and potentially speak with prospective mentors. The 2022 application deadline is January 31th at 11:59 pm EST.

Submit applications for the UNC Chapel Hill MSTAR National Training Center directly to .