The Science, Technology and Research (STAR), founded by Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton and Engineering for Health Academy (EHA) programs have long opened pathways for high school students — particularly underrepresented minorities — to pursue careers in life sciences, biomedical engineering and biotechnology. Now, Daryl Davies of the USC School of Pharmacy and Joseph Cocozza of the Keck School of Medicine of USC have joined to blend and expand these programs’ longstanding partnerships with Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School for even greater impact on young scientists’ futures.

STAR/EHA student research contributes to scientific publications and research grant proposals. 100% of USC STAR/EHA Students attend college, and on average 92% (vs 29% of their peers) attend top-tier colleges and research institutions including: USC, Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Columbia, California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell, Brown, the Claremont Schools, and UC’s at Berkeley, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Davis and Irvine. 97% of STAR students receive academic scholarships to attend university and while in college 88% continue to conduct scientific research with declared majors in science and engineering. STAR/EHA students from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds attend research institutions and major in science and engineering at rates commensurate with students from represented backgrounds.

Collectively, the data indicate that the STAR/EHA Program is a critical conduit that begins with a high rate of participation among students who have been historically underrepresented in the scientific research pipeline, and keeps them in the pipeline—at the nation’s top research universities. (Brinton, Journal of Neuroscience 2007, 27(42):11163–11166).