Return to Headlines

Duke's STAR program offers Summer research opportunity for students (Application available soon)

Duke's Summer Training in Academic Research (Duke's STAR) Program
provides a high-quality research experience for undergraduate students, high school students, and high school teachers during the summer academic break. The program capitalizes on world-renowned training programs in place at Duke University under the leadership of Danny Benjamin, professor of pediatrics at Duke and faculty associate director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. The team of instructors includes Duke adult medicine and pediatrics faculty members, a writing instructor, a statistician, and operations staff.


The summer training in academic research takes place over 8 weeks and focuses on pharmacoepidemiological research methodology and writing skills. Participants are placed in teams and matched with Duke faculty mentors to work on an original, hypothesis-driven project, originating as a one-page précis and progressing through draft figures and tables, an abstract, a PowerPoint presentation, and a written thesis. A goal of the program is to have every trainee qualify for co-authorship on a peer-reviewed manuscript related to their team's project.

Who is eligible?

  • Middle and high school teachers, high school students, and undergraduates are encouraged to apply

Please note: U.S. citizenship is required for participation (per NIH policy). This is NOT a residential program. Participants are responsible for securing their own room and board.


A stipend will be provided to participants.

  • College students will receive $3,200
  • High school students will receive $2,600
  • Teachers participating in the program will also be compensated for the 8-week commitment

Application Submission Materials

  • Completed application - Application will be available soon.
  • School transcript
  • Two letters of support provided by non-relatives *To be emailed by the letter writers.
  • Essay (300 to 500-word limit)

Package Submission
Submit, by email, all materials listed above to Divine Pinson.