Scientific Advisory Board
Starlette (Star) M. Sharp
National Academy of Science Engineering and Medicine
Originally, from Indianapolis, Indiana, Starlette Sharp received her BS in Biology and MS in Cancer Biology from Tuskegee University. Star’s graduate research for Tuskegee University was conducted at Emory University through a collaboration with the Windship Cancer Center. Prior to that, Star spent a year and a half working at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. After four and a half years as the inaugural director of the Penn State Millennium Scholars program Star began pursuing a PhD in Science Education at Penn State University. While in graduate school Star has spent time working at the White House’s Executive Office of the President (EOP), Office of Science Technology Policy (OSTP) on the federal strategic plan for STEM education, National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Biology Directorate, analyzing undergraduate education and the effectiveness of post-doctoral programs. Currently, Star is an Associate Program Officer at the National Academy for Science Engineering and Medicine’s Board on Science Education where she helps facilitate the Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education. Outside of work Star enjoys traveling, power-lifting and spending time with her husband, JT and dog, Shoshone.