STARS Program

An early start on doctorate research

Now in her second year of the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience’s doctorate program in neuroscience, Kyra Parker is working on identifying neuronal signaling pathways that are involved in neurodevelopment and how exercise can influence the pathways.

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.

Young microbiology major stars in the lab

As a student in the STARS and MARC programs, microbiology major Natasha Puzon finds herself in a state-of-the-art laboratory working to determine the effectiveness of a promising antibody against a deadly species of hantavirus.

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.  […]