What are the dates of the STARS program?

The STARS Program runs for six weeks from June 13 to July 22, 2022. It takes place primarily Monday through Friday, from approximately 8am until 4pm, with some variation.

Who can apply?

The STARS Program is for academically accomplished high school juniors. You must be in your junior year of high school when you submit your STARS Program Application package.

When is the deadline for submitting an application package?

Complete STARS Program Student Application packages must be received by Monday, March 28th. STARS Program Student Application packages will not be accepted prior to March 1st.

When will I be notified if I am accepted?

All applicants will be notified of the Program's decision by email no later than April 10th.

How many students do you accept?

We accept approximately 70 students each summer to participate in the program.

How many applications do you normally receive?

Approximately 120-130 STARS Student Applications are received annually.

What is your criteria for selection?

Selection is determined based on a student's interest in science, GPA, test scores (PSAT, SAT, PACT, ACT, etc.), student essay, quality of application and letter of recommendation.

Is there a cost?

Yes. To submit your application for consideration there is a non-refundable application fee of $50 that is due by March 28th along with your completed 2022 STARS Program Student Application.

If accepted into the program there are a required Program Participation Fee of $3,000.00, and a required UMSL Dual Enrollment/STARS Student one credit hour tuition fee of $379.00 for Missouri and Illinois residents. Students out-of-state pay $1,019.00.

Is there any financial aid?

Yes. To submit you will need to fill out the financial aid application in the STARS Program Student Application and submit it with your student application package. You must detail why you are in need of financial aid. If you are chosen to receive aid you will be notified no later than April 10, as part of the acceptance process.

What will I be doing during the six-week program?

The primary focus of this program is to conduct novel research under the supervision of a professional STEM researcher, and to prepare a formal scientific manuscript and presentation of your findings. Additionally, lectures by nationally-known scientists are given as well as presentations concerning the higher education admissions process.

How am I assigned a mentor?

Download and review the 2022 Mentor Selection List, rank (1-10) your top choices, indicate those choices on your application. We try to assign you to your first, second, or third mentor of choice, although this is not always possible.

Where will I be working?

You will be working at the location of your assigned mentor. You will be at UMSL Monday and Wednesday mornings and lunch. The remainder of the week at whatever campus or institution you have been assigned to. 

What areas of science are represented?

Scientists who work in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, medicine, psychology, and public health act as research mentors.

Whom may I contact if I have more questions?

Please contact the Coordinator of the STARS 2021 Program, Dr. Meghann B. Humphries at mhn83@umsl.edu.