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Since 2007, STAR has arranged over 350 research experiences for future K-12 science and math teachers. STAR is a nine-week program with three major components: summer research internships, professional development workshops, and teacher-researcher conferences. Our participants, called STAR Fellows, are aspiring teachers from California State University (CSU) and the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. Participants earn $4,500 to do research at a national lab, private research facility, or university. Up to $2,250 in additional support for housing is available to those who qualify.

Under the guidance of research mentors, Fellows conduct cutting-edge research at laboratory facilities run by CSU, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, NASA, NOAA, NSF, and the SETI Institute. Fellows receive a weekly stipend of $500 to compensate them for their full-time work on their research project. To supplement their research, Fellows attend weekly three-hour education workshops which are co-taught by a Master Teacher and a Faculty Mentor with extensive experience in K-12 STEM education.  At the end of the summer, Fellows present their research to the broader STAR community during a poster session at the STAR Closing Conference.

The 2014 STAR Program runs from June 16 – August 16, 2014. We are currently accepting applications online through January 31, 2014. To find out more about STAR or to apply for the 2014 STAR program, please visit our website:

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