The uSTAR Summer Scholars Program is an 8-week summer research program for rising Washington University sophomores interested in scientific research. The goal of the program is to help students interested in scientific research gain hands-on experience early in their time at WU as they consider their options for future careers in science.
- Rising sophomores
- Enrollment in laboratory based science course (i.e. chemistry, physics, biology) FL 2016 and SP 2017 or currently working in a Lab here at WU.
- Students should be considering pursuing higher degrees in the STEM fields (Biology/Biotechnology, Physical Sciences, Engineering). While students who plan to study medicine are eligible, the program is designed for students who are considering a research career.
- Students from groups historically under-represented in the sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.
Students are required to identify a mentor based on research interests. The lab placement does not have to be finalized at the time of application.
Visit ur.wustl.edu for tips on Getting Started and Finding a Mentor. The Office of Undergraduate Research or the uSTAR Program Director Jim Skeath (firstname.lastname@example.org) can assist in this process if you are running into problems.
- Tentative Program Dates: June 4 - July 29, 2017. Participants are expected to be available for the full 8-weeks starting on June 4.
- Students live on campus in the Research Dorm with other students in the program. Housing costs are covered by the uSTAR program. The research dorm also houses other students spending the summer in St. Louis conducting research. Students are encouraged to participate in the research community activities sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research. Activities for previous summers have included Sunday BBQs, a trip to the City Museum, trip to Six Flags, a visit to the Botanical Gardens and Tyson Research Center, etc.
- Students are provided with a $1,600 stipend to cover additional summer expenses.
- All travel is the responsibility of the student.
- Students are expected to work full-time during this 8-week period, with the specific hours worked to be determined in consult with the research mentor.
- Students must not be enrolled in a summer course during the program dates.
- Students must attend Environmental Health and Safety course as well as complete a Research Ethics course (both an online module and a seminar) at the beginning of the summer (Dates TBD), along with any additional training required by the lab.
- During the 8-weeks, students must attend a weekly uSTAR evening seminar /discussion. (Day/time TBD).
- Students must present their research at the Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium to be held Sat., October 21, 2017.
Deadline: March 1, 2017
- Complete the online application form.
- Submit one original essay of approximately 500 words describing your scientific experiences at WU to date and your desire to conduct scientific research. What specific influences have made you interested in a research experience? What do you hope to gain from this experience? If you have done research in the past briefly describe the project you worked on and how the experience is driving this current interest. This essay should be uploaded with the submission of your application.
- Submit one letter of recommendation from someone at WU who is familiar with you and your interests. This does not need to be a science lecturer but can be an advisor or faculty representative who has gotten to know you since you arrived at WU. If you have already found a lab, the recommendation should come from your mentor. The letter of recommendation should be delivered by your recommender to Jennifer Kohl, Office of Undergraduate Research, Campus Box 1026 or by email to email@example.com.
Contact uSTAR Program Coordinator Jennifer Kohl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-935-7342