STARS I Academic Year Program

The program seeks to create a network of support for 200 first-year students.  This network is bolstered by strong undergraduate student collaborations; social events; faculty, 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 upper-level 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 upper-level students, graduate students and or faculty. AY2022-2023 Event Schedule 

The application is now (May 2023)  open to incoming first-years. The application is rolling admissions - once we have accepted 200 qualified students, the application will be closed.  The final application deadline  is Friday, July 14, 2023 11:59PM ET. 

If you are accepted into the STARS I Program, you must participate in 100% of the workshops and activities offered each semester. Failure to do so will result in your dismissal from the program.

Application Information and Important Dates FOR STARS AY 2023-2024

For application questions please contact Donalee Slater at

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