STARS I Academic Year Program

The STARS I academic year program starts in the freshman 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. 

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 year students.  This network is bolstered by strong undergraduate student collaborations; social events; faculty, graduate student, and peer mentorship; and a focus on sustaining interest and motivation in STEM majors. 

At the core of the STARS I Program are the upperclassmen peer mentors, who foster tight-knit groups amongst the students in order to promote a richer freshman year experience. In addition to the peer mentor groups and one-on-one advising, the program offers a series of panel discussions, informational sessions, professional development, and networking opportunities.

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.

  • STARS I Academic Fair: Tuesday, August 29, 1:30-3:30 pm, location TBD

STARS I Cohort 2016-2017

Application Information and Important Dates

  • STARS Peer Mentors Program. The STARS Program matches our STARS I freshmen with upperclassmen who serve as peer mentors to them during their freshman year.  Mentors help orient students to the different resources available to them as STARS fellows, especially the STARS study sessions. Peer Mentors help support the freshmen cohort by offering advice and guidance and are, therefore, asked to meet with the freshmen individually and as a group. Students interested in the mentor position must complete this application by Friday, March 31, 2017. Selections will be made before the end of the school year.

For application questions please contact Donalee Slater at