Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR)

What is the MSTAR Program?

Students enrolled in the MSTAR program benefit from an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics with the mentorship of top experts in the field. Participation in the program has led many physicians-in-training to pursue academic careers in aging, ranging from basic science to clinical and health sciences research. The long term goal of the program is to increase the number of established physician investigators and clinicians who pursue research in high priority areas related to aging.

This project is funded by the National Institute of Aging (NIA) and is in collaboration with the UTMB Sealy Center on Aging and the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.


1st year medical students interested in aging research

Intensive 8-12 weeks; during summer break

$1873 per month up to 2 months

Project PI:
Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, Sealy Center on Aging Director

Trainees gain:

  • an individualized research experience under a sponsoring mentor
  • a structured didactic experience that is directly linked to student research projects
  • opportunities to interact with potential role models and peers efforts to build a sense of identity and membership for participants
  • a positive and rewarding experiences in aging research
  • a chance to obtain research credits for their participation


During the summer experience, trainees are expected to spend the majority of their time at UTMB on their research project, to attend weekly meetings, where didactic applications and career issues are discussed and to attend local geriatrics seminars. They also attend kickoff and capstone group sessions.

Application Instructions

Step 1: Identify a mentor and project. If you need assistance, contact Stephanie Burt.

Step 2: Complete the application and faculty sponsor form.


Site managed by UTMB Sealy Center on Aging • Last updated: November 2017