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The STARS program introduces both high school students and teachers to the various aspects of the scientific enterprise as practiced by successful scientists in academic, and private research institutions.

Applications are accepted in March and include students currently in their junior year of high school residing in the Greater St. Louis or Metro East area. However, the program does accept up to six out-of-state students per summer session.

High potential, secondary school students and science teachers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of research projects including but not limited to: anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, mathematics, at one of the following collaborating research institutions: UMSL, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, or Confluence Discovery Technologies.

During this six-week summer program that runs from the second week of June through the third week in July, students and teachers do research within a community of investigators under the supervision of a practicing research mentor. Through student-mentor partnerships, student participants apply various problem-solving strategies to independent research projects, write a 15-20 page technical report, and orally present their results in a seminar format. Teachers prepare a detailed lesson and accompanying teacher guide based on the learning cycle instructional strategy relating to the use of the laboratory information from their research experience.

Formal instruction is provided in oral and written communication skills, basic statistical analysis, and, for teachers, the process of developing learning cycle-based lessons and their presentation in the classroom. Lectures will be presented by nationally-known scientists.

Application packages are not accepted prior to the March application period.

For more information, please contact us.