Prince in The City w/ HBCU S.T.A.R.S at UCSD

Meet the next generation of African American doctors in the field of Biological Science and Engineering. Not too mention that these students are HBCU students; Morehouse College and Howard University.

The University of California, San Diego Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS) program is an eight week summer research academy for undergraduate students, recent graduates, and masters students. STARS offers an exciting research internship for students by participating in an ongoing UCSD research project and experience the rigors and challenges of graduate study at a top rated research institution. (

Everyone in this group is doing one type of STEM research, while learning and preparing for their graduate entrance exam to pursue a doctorate if they so choose. One student from Morehouse College, Julian Pilate–Hutcherson, tells me that he is studying nano-particles, and is learning how they function so that they can be used as a model to make synthetic lungs! Another type of research is social networking which Taylor Facen, from Howard University, is studying what key factors that an individual has to lead a group of people based on who they are connected to!

“This program is really tailored to you and what you want to study in the future,”

–Taylor Facen

If you are an undergraduate and are thinking about pursuing a doctorate degree, and/or a graduate degree, then I highly suggest you participate in the STARS program in San Diego, Ca at UCSD!

When I asked Julian “why should students, from across the country, come here and participate in STARS?” he said that the weather is great and that UCSD is one of the top rated research institutions in the country.

For more information on the STARS program, contact Elisa Maldonado

Here are the next rising African American scholars in this year’s program!

Howard University:
Kayla Bishop, Jeremy Blackstone, Taylor Facen, Deborah Fadoju, Rajae Gayle, Erin Manaigo, Robert Neblett, Armisha Roberts, Betelehem Sheferaw, & Kevin White.

Morehouse College:
Christian Aganze, Jeremy Ariche, Jarrhett Butler, Saidou Ngaide,
& Julian Pilate-Hutcherson.

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