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“I really enjoyed being part of the MSTAR program and am very glad that I chose to participate at UNC. I found my research exciting and the clinical rotations immensely useful. My mentor was wonderful and the staff/faculty coordinating MSTAR clearly care about MSTAR students.” – MSTAR alum

Dr. Josh Niznik, at left, leading a research discussion session for the 2022 UNC MSTAR cohort

Below is an outline of UNC MSTAR Program Information. Follow each link to learn more.

Program Overview

  • Program Duration
  • Student Scholar Stipend
  • Directors
  • Administrators

Applying For the MSTAR Program

  • Applications for summer of 2024
  • Deadline: January 22, 2024 at 8:00 am EST
  • After this date you will not be able to submit your application, whether or not it is complete.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Preparation for the Program & Project

  • Contacting Your Mentor
  • Familiarization with the Project
  • Create a Research Plan & Calendar
  • Background Check
  • CITI/OSHA/Ethics
  • NC TraCS Free Online Research Training

What to Expect Your First Day

  • Program Orientation
  • ID Cards
  • Medical Campus Tour
  • Gym Membership (approx $45 pr/mo)
  • Keys & Workspace

Clinical Experiences

  • Benefits & Options
  • Site Data/Maps

Educational Sessions

  • A sample of UNC MSTAR educational sessions

Research Report


Still have questions? Contact for additional MSTAR Program Information.