STARS I Academic Year Program

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.

Application Information

  • STARS I Regular Application Deadline has passed

For application questions please contact Dean Rosalinda Garcia at