STARS Program

Q&A with genetics and cell biology student Bayley McDonald

Bayley McDonald is a genetics and cell biology major in the School of Molecular Bioscience and is a member of the college’s prestigious accelerated degree program, Students Targeted toward Advanced Research Studies (STARS), in which students can earn a PhD in as little as seven years after graduating high school.

Q&A with genetics and cell biology student Thomas Ballinger

Where are you from and where did you graduate high school? I am from Reno, Nevada, and I graduated high school from North Star Online School while dual enrolled in Truckee Meadows Community College. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in music, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in genetics and cell biology.  […]

Fellowship Helps Fund a Love of Pathogens

In a light-filled laboratory, Nick Negretti grows bacteria. “I love pathogens,” says Negretti, who is a graduate student in the WSU School of Molecular Biosciences. “They are so interesting. In each of us, there are more bacterial cells than human cells,” he says. “And while most bacteria are helpful, there are a few that make us […]

Training our Students for Success

Keesha Matz wants to understand some of the world’s deadliest viruses. Raised in Chehalis, Washington, her love for microbiology began in a molecular genetics high school class taught by WSU alumnus Henri Weeks. “The class gave me a real feel for research, which I think is unique for a high school class,” says Matz. That […]