The STARS I academic year program starts in the freshman year and continues through the sophomore year. It is comprised of a series of study group workshops focused on the first and second year courses in Biology, Chemistry, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science. A faculty advisor and graduate student from each department supervise the workshops and serve as mentors to STARS students. Weekly study sessions, facilitated by upper-class majors, focus on problem solving strategies for class discussions and course assignments.
The STARS I Program is designed for students who have historically been underrepresented in the sciences. These include students of color, women, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, first generation college students, and the physically challenged. The program seeks to create a network of support for first and second year students. This network is supported by strong undergraduate student collaborations, social events, faculty and graduate student mentorship, and a focus on sustaining interest and motivation in the major.
Applications are open to incoming freshman at the start of the fall semester. All interested students are strongly encouraged to attend an information session prior to applying to the program.
For application questions please contact Dean Rosalinda Garcia at email@example.com
The STARS Summer Program provides summer term support for select undergraduate students who live on campus and participate in laboratory research with Yale faculty members. Students selected for the program work as full-time research assistants who support the research of their mentor and/or faculty advisor. In addition, enrollment in SCIE 101 Scientific Research: Process and Presentation and active participation in weekly journal club sessions are required. These sessions provide STARS scholars the opportunity to discuss their individual lab journals as well as other journal article samples selected for the program. At the conclusion of the summer program, each student will submit his or her research results in a written publishable format and will conduct a formal presentation of their research at a public symposium.
Between course work and research, the STARS Summer fellowship will do much to establish the analytical and research skills necessary for academic and professional success. Each summer fellow will be paired with a mentor who will supervise the fellow in substantive laboratory research and expose the fellow to academic life in their specific field. Mentors and summer fellows are encouraged to meet regularly to assess the progress made as well as to discuss other issues such as academic and career development.
Summer fellows must live on campus in one of the summer residences. The purpose of this arrangement is to foster an exciting and challenging academic environment where summer fellows may come together as a community to exchange ideas and information. The program includes evening activities and occasional weekend trips.
STARS summer fellows are awarded a total stipend of $2,500. The program also covers participants’ room and board, as well as the course tuition. Students are not allowed to enroll in any other summer course if they are participating in the STARS Summer Research Program.
Thirty students are chosen to participate each summer.