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Florida Science Training and Research Fellowship (F-STAR)

In 2011, the Florida Science Training and Research Fellowship (F-STAR) was established by the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion to increase the number of highly qualified medical school applicants from minority groups that are underrepresented in medicine.

Florida Science Training and Research Fellowship (F-STAR) is a multi-year academic and social enrichment program for motivated students who are preparing for a career in medicine. This program will provide year-round support and services to students throughout their undergraduate experience. Each year, 15 rising sophomores are selected from our partnering institutions to participate in the F-STAR Fellowship program.

This longitudinal program focuses on students who are in the earlier stages of their college education, as research indicates that this is when students derive the most benefit from programs such as this.

Apply to F-STAR

F-STAR Program Information

  • Location: Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
  • Start/End Dates: June 3, 2017 – Upon graduation of undergraduate school
  • Application Open Date: November 1, 2017
  • Application Close Date: January 31, 2018
  • Who is eligible: Rising sophomores with 3.0 GPA & 1 semester of science
  • Clinical Experience: Students receive about 30 hours of medical exposure
  • Research Experience: Conduct bench research and report on findings
  • Community Based Experience: Work with community outreach teams
  • Travel Assistance: Up to $300, based on need, for students living outside
  • Housing: FIU Dormitory
  • Meals: Student meal plan
  • Stipend: Four installments (the first provided the second week of program and every two weeks after until program concludes


applicants must meet several criteria:

  • 3.0 Overall GPA
  • Completed less than 24 college credits
  • Completed two semesters of college (full-time) by June 2018 at a partner institution
  • Have taken the SAT and/or ACT exams
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Completed application
  • Submit Two recommendations (1 from a science professor)
  • Submit unofficial transcript (students accepted to the program will be asked to submit an official transcript)

F-STAR is for students who:

  • Are at least 18 years of age by June 2018
  • Have interest in attending medical school
  • Ability to bring a laptop
  • Can commit to participate full-time for 8 weeks (June 3 – July 27, 2018)

F-STAR Partner Institutions