Opportunity Alert: Summer Training Academy for Research Success

What is STARS?

The University of California, San Diego Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS) program is an eight-week summer research academy for community college students, undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and masters students. Open to all disciplines, STARS offers student participants a rigorous research opportunity with esteemed UC San Diego faculty, informative transfer and graduate school preparation workshops, and educational, cultural, and social activities in sunny San Diego.

Students will:

  • Gain hands-on research experience with a faculty mentor's research project

  • Attend a GRE preparation course (students who are juniors or above)

  • Attend transfer and graduate school preparation workshops

  • Receive instruction on the transfer and graduate school application processes. Students will also receive instruction on graduate school fellowship applications, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research and Ford Fellowships

  • Present research at the UCSD Summer Research Conference

  • Enjoy social activities with the cohort such as visiting the San Diego Zoo, beach trip, and the UCSD Challenge Course

Applicant must

  • Be 18 years of age

  • Be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. AB 540 or DACA students are Eligible

  • Be interested in conducting full-time research in the summer for eight weeks with no commitments such as summer school, a full/part-time job

  • Demonstrate academic aptitude and achievement

Applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Cumulative or term GPA above 3.0

  • Relevance of completed courses to research interest

  • Writing skill

  • Compatibility of applicant's research interest with available faculty mentor research projects

  • Interest in pursuing a doctoral program

  • Letters of Recommendations


Deadline: February 9, 2022 at 4pm PST