University of Southern California

         Meet the Director

  Dr. Brinton Awarded Presidential Citizens Medal by President Barack Obama

Roberta Diaz Brinton, Ph.D.
R. Pete Vanderveen Chair in Therapeutic Discovery and Development

Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering and Neurology

Norris Foundation Laboratory for Neuroscience Research

Director, USC STAR Science Education Program           
Recipient of 2010 Presidential Citizens Award

Director, Center for Scientific Translation




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The USC Science Technology and Research (STAR) Program is a collaborative science education venture between the University of Southern California, the National Science Foundation Biomimetic Micro Electronic Systems Engineering Research Center at USC, Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, El Sereno Middle School and Murchison Elementary School impacting over 2000 students each year. The STAR program has supported over 800 high school students and over the past 24 years and each of these research Scholars have been highly successful.

All Scholars completed a hypothesis driven research project. One hundred percent of the Scholars elected to continue their research during the academic year as part of the STAR program.

100% of Scholars have gone to attend the following universities: Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Duke, USC, Columbia, California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell, Brown, Spelman College, the Claremont Schools, University of California at Berkeley, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Davis and Irvine, and many more. 97% of USC STAR students receive academic scholarships. USC STAR students have contributed to over 100 scientific publications and abstracts.


Click here to see program requirements.



"The USC Bravo STAR Program provides cutting edge STEM education in world class laboratories that advances scientific breakthroughs at the bench and around the globe."
~ Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton, Program Director




March 4th, 2014 | USC-Bravo Science Fair

STAR II Program Winners



 August 13, 2013

     A CIRM blogspot post about STAR student, Bryan Ruiz, Class of 2014. Click Here for the full blog post.



July 12, 2013

The USC CIRM STAR students joined EiHS students for a discussion on Stem Cell Public Policy.






Click here for California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Press Release of July 12th USC STAR program and EiHS Public Policy Forum