STAR 2013 ImageThe University of Maryland School of Public Health Summer Training and Research (STAR) program is designed to provide traditionally under-represented and disadvantaged undergraduate students with two consecutive summers of a 10-week research training and career development program to enhance their potential to apply for and complete PhD degrees in biomedical and behavioral science relevant to preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. To be eligible for this program you can be an undergraduate student at any university or you can be from the University of Maryland College Park. If you are from the University of Maryland, College Park, you are also eligible for our similar UM ADAPT Program. UM STAR has been funded for the past seven years by a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Over 40 UM STAR trainees have completed the program to date and the program enrolls six-eight new trainees every summer.

The Specific Objectives of the UM STAR Program are to:

  • Enhance research skills and experience necessary to be competitive graduate school applicants in cardiovascular and related disease research areas
  • Enhance awareness of the process, practice, and ethics underlying scientific research
  • Prepare trainees for graduate school and a research career    
  • Provide quality mentoring
  • Increase knowledge of landmark and breakthrough research on the causes and prevention of cardiovascular and related diseases
  • Have Fun!

Program Director

James Hagberg, PhD

Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Maryland School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Email: hagberg@umd.edu





Program Staff


Mr. Ryan Sapp  

Program Coordinator (Email: rsapp@umd.edu)



Mr. Shaun Edmonds  

Program Evaluation Specialist