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.

High potential, secondary school students and science teachers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of research projects including but not limited to: biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, medicine, psychology, and public health at one of the following collaborating research institutions: Confluence Discovery Technologies, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, and University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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 to their peers and research team 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.

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 on a variety of topics including applying to colleges and universities.

Applications are accepted in March and include students currently in their junior year of high school. The program does accept up to 8 out-of-state students per summer session.

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

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