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Preprofessional Opportunities

Psychiatry Summer Training and Research (P-STAR) Program


Category: Summer
Type: Clinical
Location: Baltimore Maryland
Deadline: Early February


Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Attn: P-STAR Committee
600 North Wolfe Street / Meyer 3-166
Baltimore, Maryland 21287-7364


Rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors with an interest in Brain Sciences. Must be a U.S. Citizen, or a permanent resident. Must be 18 years of age as of June 2, 2014. Must have proof of health insurance available.


The Psychiatry Summer Training and Research (P-STAR) program offers undergraduates interested in Behavioral and Biological Sciences the opportunity to work for ten weeks under the guidance of faculty members at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Through one-on-one work with a mentor, students gain hands-on experience in academic research and clinical environments. To provide in-depth exposure to Translational Psychiatry, particularly in regard to schizophrenia and related brain disorders, P-STAR students work in both laboratory settings and in clinical rotations.

Our program is designed to expose undergraduate students to a broad range of research and psychiatric care. Highly competitive applicants will be considered for this program. Students should be able to demonstrate academic achievement, relevant career objectives and personal motivation for research.

P-STAR students are presented with the unique opportunity to discover the comprehensive approach of Johns Hopkins University. Students will have the ability to participate in many activities such as conducting research alongside leading principal investigators, shadowing physicians at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Psychiatry Outpatient clinic and attending clinical teaching rounds on hospital inpatient units. Students will also participate in research seminars, weekly-journal clubs, and personal lunchtime discussions with doctors involved in cutting-edge research. [More Details]

Our P-STAR program is one of a kind, allowing students to experience both clinical psychiatry and basic neuroscience research simultaneously. Program participants will be expected to present their findings and experiences at the conclusion of the summer in a structured Power Point presentation. P-STAR students are also invited to attend the Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center annual and national symposium to gain further exposure to ongoing Schizophrenia research and to network with science professionals in the field. See highlights from previous P-STAR program. [2012] [2013

Our program is funded by the NIH (P50 Silvio O. Conte Center grant: Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D., Director), and offers students a $4,000 stipend for participation and housing expenses. Please note, the stipend is not exempt from tax withholding. Travel costs may be subsidized on a case-by-case basis. Housing on the Homewood Campus is available for interested students.