Science Education Programs

Students and Teachers As Research Scientists (STARS)


Dear High School Student:

The STARS Program offers academically-talented students who are entering their junior or senior year of high school and their teachers a rare opportunity to work within a laboratory research setting with top scientists at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Washington University in St. Louis, and the host institution, the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

For six weeks (Monday, June 9- Friday, July 18, 2014) participants will join a community of investigators working under the supervision of practicing research scientists. More than 60 scientists who work in fields such as biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, physics, psychology and public health  will share their experiences as they and their research team direct students and teachers in research projects.

The main focus of this six-week program is to prepare and present a research paper.  Additionally, lectures by nationally-known scientists, presentations concerning the higher education admissions process and social activities are held. Most of the STARS participants are rising seniors, although we do consider very outstanding rising junior level students.

Your application must be postmarked between March 1 and March 26Tuition for the 2014 STARS Program will be $2695.  All students must pay a non-refundable $80 application fee.  There is financial aid available but students must present a compelling reason to be considered for this assistance.  Financial aid forms are available on the website and must be submitted with your application. 

Thank you for your interest in STARS. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Kenneth R. Mares, PhD
Director, STARS Program
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121-4400
(314) 516-6155