Ochsner Celebrates 11th Class of STAR Scholars

Ochsner Celebrates 11th Class of STAR Scholars

NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Health System is proud to announce the 16-member graduating class of the 11th Annual STAR Summer Scholars Program (Science, Technology, Academic, Research). This rigorous full-day, four week program is offered to selected high school students who have an interest in pursuing education and careers in science and medicine. The goal is to engage students in healthcare careers through practical learning and innovative educational opportunities.

Over 80 high school students throughout the state of Louisiana applied and interviewed for the free, educational summer program designed to support high school science curriculums through Ochsner’s inquiry-based research projects. Students gleaned insights from over 50 healthcare-related departments and specialties and learned from over 150 Ochsner employees and staff that comprise the program’s faculty. Students also worked with Ochsner scientists to complete Leadership Development Coursework and participated in hands-on training with the DaVinci Surgical Robot, the MAKO Robot and clinical skills with the University of Queensland – Ochsner Clinical Medical School medical students. The 16 Student Scholars received CPR Certification, traveled to 4 Ochsner Campuses within the New Orleans region, and completed poster defense for their PhD led Research Projects focused on Antibiotic Resistance, Infectious Disease, Cancer Screening and Cancer Drug Effectiveness.

“Ochsner is committed to educating and encouraging the next generation of physicians, scientists and healthcare workers,” said Dr. Jawed Alam, Interim Vice President for Research and STAR Scientific Director, Ochsner Health System. “Every year we conduct this program I am amazed at these students as they progress through the program. They come in every day ready learn, get hands on experience and show a real passion for the science and medicine. We are extremely proud of them.”

The 2017 Class of STAR Scholars are:

  • Andrew Bordelon – Hammond High Magnet School
  • Madeleine Brake – North Atlanta High School
  • Ashley Couget – Mount Carmel Academy
  • Chelsea Deitelzweig – Benjamin Franklin High School
  • Kaylan Green – Destrehan High School
  • Branden Jeudy – John Ehret High School
  • Sahabia Kamal – Archbishop Chapelle High School
  • Carrie Beth Lloyd – Mandeville High School
  • Isiah Lundy – Loranger High School
  • Graeme Mjehovich – Jesuit High School
  • Ethan Nicklow – Benjamin Franlin High School
  • Mia Robertson – St. Katherine Drexel Prep
  • Heidi Santos Viera – New Orleans Military Academy
  • Michaela Stevenson – St. Katherine Drexel Prep
  • Layla Taylor – Hammond High Magent School
  • Talon Washington – New Orleans Charter Science & Math

The 2017 STAR Program was funded by a generous donation from Dr. Barbara Beckman.

STAR is supported by the Research Department in the Academics Division at Ochsner Health System and through generous private donations and local grant funding. To learn more about 2018 STAR Scholars Program, visit www.Ochsner.org/STAR. Applications for the 2018 STAR Program will be available in January 2018


Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 29 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across four specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 18,000 employees and over 1,100 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 600 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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