STARS (Science Technology & Research Scholars) STEM Program for Minority Students
STARS is a two-week summer research experience designed to support the next generation of minority scientists, doctors, and other health professionals. This program provides students with state-of-the-art laboratory and computer science skills needed to succeed in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) in college and beyond.
Students conduct hands-on science and computer projects and participate in enrichment activities including discussions with researchers and tours of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Stony Brook University campuses. After the two-week program, students also have a line of communication to mentors who can provide advice on finding future research experiences and preparing for college.
Classes run Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Stony Brook field trip day concludes at 6:00 p.m.). No transportation is provided; parents are responsible for on-time drop-off and pickup.
Students build skills in three areas:
- Molecular Biology
- Acquire basic biological/biomedical laboratory skills such as laboratory safety, DNA extraction and analysis, DNA sequencing, and other molecular biology techniques
- Work on a complete research project using DNA barcoding to identify species of invertebrates, insects or plants in their environment
- Coding and Data Science
- Learn the basics of computer coding (in the Python language) and fundamental data science skills
- Learn how to write code in order to analyze biological data
- Science and Career Skills for Success
- Understand how to develop science research questions
- Communicate the results of research, including writing, speaking, and presentation skills
- Explore career opportunities in science and understand how to prepare for success (writing a resume, finding a mentor, effective study techniques)
The STARS program is limited to students who are underrepresented minorities in STEM (defined by the National Science Foundation as Black or African American; American Indian or Native Alaskan; Hispanic or Latino; and Native Pacific Islander); eligible students have completed the 9th grade.
All accepted students have the $1,200 tuition waived. As part of their service as scholars, students have a community engagement responsibility, including a presentation at the end of their research experience and helping to recruit and support future STAR scholars.
Potential required materials for future camps:
- A personal statement on why students want to apply (500 words or less).
- A copy of their latest report card OR a letter of recommendation from a science, math, technology or other STEM teacher.
Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis until July 31, 2019, or until the camp is full. Qualified applicants are typically approved within 7 days (usually on Fridays). Applications submitted after the camp fills will be waitlisted.
Contact Jason Williams at the DNA Learning Center at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.