STARS I Academic Year Program

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 70 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 to pursue a STEM major. 

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 first year experience. In addition to regular peer mentor group meetings and one-on-one advising, the program offers a series of panel discussions, informational sessions, professional development, and networking opportunities, led by upperclassmen, graduate students and or faculty.

Applications are open to incoming first-years 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 and Important Dates

  • STARS I application deadline is Monday, September 9, 2019, 11:30pm.
    You must apply through the Yale Student Grants Database


  • Information session on the STARS Program during the Academic Fair - Tuesday, August 27, 2:00-3:30pm, in Linsly-Chittenden Hall room TBA.

For application questions please contact Donalee Slater at

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