The College of Arts and Sciences Science, Technology, and Research Scholars (STARS) program gives you four years of faculty-mentored research experience.
Science, Technology & Research Scholars Program
As a participant in STARS, you will:
- Join an IU research lab starting your freshman year.
- Work on an independent project with a faculty mentor.
- Use state-of-the-art equipment in the College’s research facilities and master lab techniques.
- Have opportunities to write about and present your research.
- Learn about other research areas through faculty talks.
- Participate in an annual student research symposium.
- Earn course credit.
You are eligible to apply for STARS if:
- You are an incoming freshman majoring in anthropology, astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, cognitive science, geography, geological sciences, microbiology, neuroscience, physics, psychology, or speech and hearing sciences.
- You have a strong interest in scientific research.
- You receive an invitation to complete a Selective Scholarship Application.
STARS accepts a limited number of students into the program as sophomores. You must be active in a research lab to be eligible to apply. The application process takes place in February of your freshman year.
How to apply
To apply to STARS, you must first apply to Indiana University by November 1. If you are admitted to IU and are academically eligible, you will receive an invitation to complete a Selective Scholarship Application (SSA).To be considered for STARS, complete the SSA and check the box indicating your interest in STARS.
Competitive applicants will have:
- A minimum SAT score of 1350 (critical reading and math combined) or a minimum ACT score of 31 (composite)
- A minimum GPA of 3.8 on a 4.0 scale or a rank within the top 10 percent of their graduating class
If you do not receive an invitation to complete an SSA, you may petition for the opportunity to complete an SSA by emailing email@example.com by December 1.
- November 1: Deadline for submitting your IU application if you want to be considered for the SSA
- December 15: Deadline for submitting your SSA indicating your interest in STARS
- January 15: Deadline for submitting your SSA recommendation letters
Other important dates
- February: Finalists selected and notified
- March: Finalist interviews
- March: Offers with final mentor selections made
- April 25: Decision deadline for accepting your offer
For current STARS scholars
The STARS handbook provides detailed information about the program, including program guidelines, important dates, staff contact information, and more.
You are required to submit a report to your faculty mentor and the STARS staff each semester. The report should include your progress on your research project during the semester, successes and failures with the project, and other lab activities such as meetings and readings. Once submitted, the report automatically goes to your mentor for approval and optional comments.
STARS Summer Research Scholarship
If you plan to plan to continue your research during the summer, you can apply for financial support from the STARS program. A limited number of scholarships of up to $3,000 are available on a competitive basis.
To be eligible to receive a Summer Research Scholarship, you must:
- Be a current STARS student in good academic standing and in good standing in the lab (must not be on probation).
- Agree to perform full-time research (40 hours per week) on campus in your mentor’s lab for 10 weeks. You may enroll in summer courses as long as you still put in 40 hours in the lab each week.
- Plan to enroll as a full-time undergraduate student for the following fall semester.
- Have no other sources of support during the summer (Capstone recipients, Beckman Scholars, etc., are not eligible).
- Agree to present the supported summer research, in poster and abstract form, at the STARS reception in the fall. (If you are planning to go abroad in the fall semester following the summer research experience, you are eligible to receive funding. You must submit your abstract and poster in advance for display at the fall reception.)
How to apply
Email the Summer Research Scholarship application and your research proposal to Teddie Phillipson-Mower at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, March 30, at 5 p.m. Scholarship recipients will be notified in April.