The University of Kentucky Summer Training in Alcohol Research (STAR) program provides 12 weeks of intensive, hands-on alcohol research for 11 outstanding undergraduate students. A broad range of research opportunities exist that are truly bench to bedside, because of the breadth of empirical approaches employed by our alcohol research faculty. Research topics available to the trainees range from the cell biology of alcohol neurodegeneration to applied survey research on the role that alcohol may have in moderating interpersonal domestic violence. This program will mesh well with the long-standing existing infrastructure of the Department of Pharmaceutical Science's summer undergraduate research program. Trainees will perform independent research under the supervision of alcohol research faculty, participate in weekly educational and professional development seminars and be trained in responsible conduct of research. Hard work, discovery and great science will culminate in a research presentation to faculty, laboratory personnel and peers at our annual Summer Alcohol Research Symposium. Aggressive advertising of the program through scientific organizations, networking websites, and directly to regional liberal arts colleges, undergraduate institutions, and especially those schools serving underrepresented groups in STEM fields will allow for the recruitment of a diverse pool of summer undergraduate trainees. In concert with the main goals of providing hands on experience in basic and applied alcohol research, we will be promoting the biomedical and behavioral sciences as career choices for these students. Evaluations of short-term and long-term successes of the STAR program on our primary objective of increasing the pool of diverse applicants to graduate programs and biomedical research careers will be conducted and followed throughout the years of the program.

Public Health Relevance

The University of Kentucky Basic and Applied Summer Training in Alcohol Research (STAR) is a 12 week summer research program for 11 undergraduates to work hands on in the laboratory of faculty pursuing a broad spectrum of alcohol and addiction-related research questions. These research experiences range in focus from the cell biology of alcohol-induced brain damage to role that alcohol use/abuse plays in interpersonal domestic violence. This program aims to attract and develop a diverse pool of qualified, experienced applicants for graduate study and/or careers in science, technology, engineering or math fields.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Type
Education Projects (R25)
Project #
1R25AA022823-01
Application #
8644591
Study Section
Health Services Research Review Subcommittee (AA)
Program Officer
Grandison, Lindsey
Project Start
2014-02-01
Project End
2019-01-31
Budget Start
2014-02-01
Budget End
2015-01-31
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
$70,152
Indirect Cost
$5,196
Name
University of Kentucky
Department
Pharmacology
Type
Schools of Pharmacy
DUNS #
939017877
City
Lexington
State
KY
Country
United States
Zip Code
40506