Survey Shows STAR Program Shines Bright

BY Eric Mankin

The School of Pharmacy’s Science, Technology and Research Program has achieved exceptional success in launching minority and low-income high school students in careers in science and medicine, survey findings show.

“The STAR Program put me at such a great advantage,” said one of these students, Robert Montenegro, now a senior at Pitzer College. “People don’t expect minority students to have programs like STAR available to them. They don’t expect minority students to do what I can do and have the skills I have.”


STAR program boasts impressive results in aiding youths

BY Eric Mankin 

OCTOBER 1, 1999 

These STARS are participants in the School of Pharmacy’s Science, Technology And Research (STAR) Program, which gives high school students top-level laboratory experience.

The program, which has been directed by Associate Professor Roberta Diaz Brinton for the past 10 years with funding from the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, demonstrated exceptional returns and rewards for participants.

“The STAR Program put me at such a great advantage,” said Robert Montenegro (1995-96), now a senior at Pitzer College. “People don’t expect minority students to have programs like STAR available to them. They don’t expect minority students to be able to do what I can do and have the skills I have.”


CIRM STAR Interns at CIRM Creativity Day in SF

August 7th, 2015

August 7th, 2015


Congratulations, STAR Class of 2015!

STAR Class of 2015 college attendance: UCLA, USC, Stanford, Caltech, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UCSD, UCI, UCSC

June 2015

June 2015


Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Inaugural STARs Ascending Assembly

STAR Program alumni returned to Bravo High School to share their story of success with students.


STAR Alumni Panel

  • Dr. Arthur Ohannesian: Physician at UCLA
  • Dr. Jenny Martinez: Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy at USC CHAN Division
  • Nam Che: Lab Manager at UCLA
  • Stella Gukasyan: Principal Investiagotor/Evaluator AIDS Project LA

USC Bravo Science & Engineering Fair

February 24, 2015