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Science Technology and Research (STAR)

Science Technology and Research


STAR (Science, Technology, and Research)

Meets the UC and Cal State A-G Requirement  (11th –12th grades)

Prerequisites required: Teacher Recommendation & Application


A 2 year program in which students are trained in research techniques (11th grade) and assigned to a research laboratory on the USC Health Sciences Campus (12th grade, 2 hour block periods). Students work on a research project under the guidance of a USC mentor, become familiar with pertinent scientific literature, perform standard analysis techniques, and present their findings in PowerPoint and poster formats.


At their USC biomedical laboratory, students contribute to complex problems being studied in fields such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Medical drugs, STEM Cells, Pharmacology, and many more fields.  It allows students to learn and master laboratory skills to test possible solutions to these problems, and to develop written and oral communication skills necessary to communicate their findings.

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Glendy Ramirez-De La Cruz

Join Our Program!


Attention Bravo Sophomores!


Does performing research in a laboratory intrigue you?...




Want to know what it’s like working as a member of a USC Research Lab?


Do you wish to work alongside research doctors, graduate students and lab technicians?


Want to be part of a Prestigious Organization? HOSA -Biotechnology Pathway is a National membership and award recognition-based organization, saddled with the responsibility of promoting quality leadership, and supporting ACADEMICS and FUTURE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. 


If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, then the stellar STAR & EHA Biotechnology Pathway is right for you!


Speak to your counselor today! Sign up for the Biotechnology course... that's it... no application is required!


Don’t pass this great opportunity to join our USC LABS… A place for young minds to contribute to great experiments & medical designs!


For more information see Mrs. Ramirez- De La Cruz in room 414



Bravo Medical Magnet High School STAR & EHA Biotechnology Program Coordinator


Mrs. Ramirez- De La Cruz is a Life Science and Career Technical Education (CTE) teacher at Bravo. Has the overall coordinating and management responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the STAR (Science Technology and Research) & EHA (Engineering Academy for Health) biotechnology programs at Bravo since 2012. She is the primary liaison between USC laboratories, principal investigators and graduate student mentors for the STAR & EHA capstone class. She has a B.S. in Physiology (Pre-med) from UC Santa Barbara.  She has 20 years of experience in education and is a BRAVO ALUMNI (95'). Has two teaching credentials in Biology/Life Science and CTE- Health Science and Medical Technology.

Clinical Medical Science (STAR II & EHA II) Biotechnology Pathway 12th Grade



This Career Technical Education (CTE) course and USC Laboratory experience (YEAR 2) of the STAR & EHA Biotechnology Program, provides the 12th-grade student with the unique and special opportunity for laboratory experience in a real-world research problem related to laboratory medicine or biomedical engineering at a USC Laboratory setting. Students investigate areas of high clinical importance. Laboratory projects selected are from areas such as biochemistry, Hematology, Oncology, Immunology, Microbiology, Virology, Molecular diagnostics, Medically Engineering Devises and Equipment, and Computer Science Applications. By special arrangement for qualified students, this special one-year internship becomes available only to Bravo students who successfully complete YEAR 1 of the STAR & EHA Biotechnology Program. During the senior academic year as part of their science curriculum, students receive one-on-one teaching and training using real case material and actual clinical samples.  All training and research goals are established by Principal Investigators (PhDs) and graduate students in the laboratory. Students also have the opportunity for summer research with a paid stipend.

Foundations of Biotechnology (STAR I & EHA I) Biotechnology Pathway Course 11th grade


This Career Technical Education (CTE) course and science experience (YEAR 1) of the STAR & EHA Biotechnology Program, is an inquiry-driven course designed to develop student critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills in the specific context of Biotechnology and its 21st century applications. The general objectives are to explore a plethora of technologies used in the fields of genetic engineering, medicine, biomedical and biomedical engineering research.  Students will receive the basic but fundamental experimental skill set which can be applied in future secondary and post-secondary laboratory experiences or real-world scenarios. Furthermore, the course will emphasize key practical skills in order to fully round your research experience including exercising the appropriate: application of scientific methodologies; selection of objective primary literature; presentation or interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data sets; synthesis, presentation and communication (oral and written) of scientific knowledge. Together, these objectives will provide each student with new insights and skills on which to base future career studies and scientific endeavors. Students who master these skills, demonstrate maturity, responsibility, self-discipline, and can work independently will be recommended to YEAR 2 of the STAR & EHA Biotechnology Program.  

USC Partner Research Labs

USC  University Park Campus

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

USC Department of Biomedical Research(Microfluidics)

USC Department of Biomedical Research(Transducers)

USC Image Processing and Informatics Lab

USC Department of Electrical Engineering

USC Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience

USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology



USC Health Sciences Campus

USC Bioelectronic Research Lab

USC Department of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy

USC Department of Preventive Medicine

USC Department of Ophthalmology

USC Roski Eye Institute

USC School of Pharmacy

USC Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Keck School of Medicine of USC

Keck Medicine of USC (Hospital) Department of Clinical Radiology

BRAVO- USC STAR & EHA Biotechnology Pathway

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Contact Information

Ramirez-De La Cruz, Glendy

2021-2022 Courses

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HOSA- Organization

HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. The mission of HOSA is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience.

Engineering for Health Academy (EHA)

Engineering for Health Academy (EHA)

EHA (Engineering for Health Academy)

Meets the UC and Cal State A-G Requirement  (11th –12th grades)

Prerequisites required: Teacher Recommendation & Application


A 2 year program that is very similar to the STAR Program, in which students design several projects involving physics, electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering projects (11th grade) and are assigned to a biomedical engineering research laboratory on the USC Health Sciences or University Park Campuses (12th grade, 2 hour block periods).  


The following are some of the USC Departments that EHA students join to complete their biomedical engineering research experience:  USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Biomedical Research (Microfluidics or Transducers), Image Processing and Informatics, Electrical Engineering, Bioelectronics, Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy, Preventive Medicine,  and Ophthalmology.