The Summer STAR (Student Training And Research) Program is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in obtaining a PhD in biomedical sciences, nursing or biostatistics at Augusta University. STAR participants engage in hands-on research in a supportive environment under the guidance of an AU faculty member and their research team. This level of experiential training provides Summer STARs with excellent preparation, relevant knowledge, and practical skills needed to pursue a career in research.
Health Sciences Campus
STAR 2023 Session Dates
Program is from May 22, 2023 - July 21, 2023. STAR participants must be available to attend the entire summer session.
Dates to Remember
Application Opens October 5, 2022
(no longer accepting applications or application documents for Summer 2023)
February 1, 2023
February 13, 2023
First day of STAR May 22, 2023 Last day of STAR July 21, 2023
Ask a STAR - What's the best part of working in a lab?
“I think the way the STAR program opens undergraduate students to the opportunities of graduate school is amazing.” – STAR participant
Limited on-campus housing for Summer 2023 is available. STARS who choose to live on-campus, will receive a $1000 subsidy towards on-campus housing expenses.
Benefits and Expectations
STAR Mission Statement
The purpose of the STAR program is to serve as a recruiting mechanism and to provide outstanding hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a research PhD degree in biomedical sciences, nursing or biostatistics at Augusta University.
In addition to working on their own research project, STARs attend workshops that expose them to the variety of exciting research areas and techniques available at Augusta University. Additional activities provide opportunities for networking, socializing, skill building, and professional development as well as introducing participants to what they might expect from a Ph.D. program at AU. The program concludes with a presentation event for STARs to showcase their summer research and to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments.
“I loved the workshops and how tight-knit our community felt.” – STAR participant
Recognize Outstanding Talent & Potential
Participation in the STAR program is not a passive, observational experience; rather it is an active experience where STARs are challenged to learn, pushed to do, and inspired to be more than they thought they could be. Each STAR participant's hard work, discipline, perseverance and unique spirit results in individual accomplishments and achievements. Thus, to distinguish oneself in such a group of exceptional peers is remarkable and deserves recognition. Congratulation STAR award winners!
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