“YES!  I would definitely recommend STAR to undergraduates interested in a summer research experience!”  - STAR participants

STAR Application

  • Complete and submit by the application deadline.
  • There is no application fee to submit a STAR application.
  • Please be thoughtful in composing your personal statement.
  • Please be sure to select if you are applying for the biomedical sciences, biostatistics or nursing STAR option.
  • Please note, the focus of the program is to prepare participants for research careers, not a clinical career.

College Transcript(s)

  • Transcript(s) from all undergraduate institutions attended are required.
  • Unofficial transcripts will be accepted.
  • Competitive applicants will have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
    • Unofficial transcripts may either be scanned pdf versions of your official transcript or a downloaded pdf version from your institution's online portal.
    • Transcripts are required from every college or university attended or attending.
    • Please combine multiple pages from the same transcript into one file.
    • Do not upload transcripts that include a US Social Security Number (SSN). Redact, cross out, or cover your SSN, if applicable, before scanning the document.
    • Unofficial transcripts must be legible: large enough to read and not blurry or pixelated
    • Your uploaded/submitted transcripts must include all of the same information that would appear on an official transcript including:
      • your full name
      • the name of the college/university
      • a complete list of all coursework listed by academic term, including course name, prefix/course number, number of units and grades earned
      • any degree you have already earned (and the degree date)
      • your overall grade point average (if provided by your college/university)
      • all information and images on both the front and back of each page of your transcript including the transcript key/legend

    Email transcripts to STAR@augusta.edu

    Note: The STAR program reserves the right to request/require an official transcript.

Letters of Recommendation (2)

After you submit your application:

  • Log in to your applicant status portal
  • Submit the names and current emails for 2 individuals that you have asked to serve as your recommenders

Note: at least one of your recommendations must be submitted from a current or recent professor.  Ideally, professors should be from courses related to the area to which you are applying [science, math/statistics or nursing].  If you have previous research experience, it is strongly advised that you ask your research mentor for a letter of recommendation.

Once you submit your recommender contact information, each recommender will receive an email notification directing them to the online site where they can complete their recommendation. 

If you need to change a recommender, you can log back into the applicant status portal to do so.

Contact Us

STAR Program

Health Sciences Campus

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STAR Application

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“I met some amazing people! Everyone was so kind and supportive and I felt very welcomed at AU.” – STAR participant

In order to be eligible to participate in the STAR Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 years or older by start of the STAR session

  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree program and for:
    • BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES - must have completed at least freshman and sophomore years by the start of the Summer 2024 session.
    • BIOSTATISTICS - must have completed at least freshman and sophomore years and preferably, also junior year, by the start of the Summer 2024 session.
    • NURSING – must have completed at least freshman and sophomore years and preferably, also junior year, by the start of the Summer 2024 session.

  • Candidates who have already graduated from undergraduate college, or will be graduating in Spring 2024 are not eligible for the Summer 2024 session.

  • Have completed relevant course work at the undergraduate level:
    • BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES - although no specific courses are required competitive applicants will have taken STEM courses.
    • BIOSTATISTICS – competitive applicants will have taken at least one calculus course, a calculus-based linear algebra course, elementary statistics course, and have basic computer programing knowledge.  
    • NURSING – currently enrolled in a BSN program and taking BSN courses.

  • Have proof of current Health Insurance Coverage that extends throughout the duration of the Summer STAR Program.

  • Be a United States Citizen (or hold permanent resident status) or an international student currently enrolled in US college/university holding a student non-immigrant visa. It is the responsibility of the international student applicant to check with the international office at their home institution to determine eligibility for the STAR program and the proper procedures necessary to follow if accepted into the STAR program.

  • Have proof of current social security number/card for employment purposes, and be able to provide the original card for documentation.

Acceptance into the program is on a competitive basis. The members of the STAR program committee, the Dean of The Graduate School and/or the Director of the STAR program are responsible for all final decisions.

STAR - Summer 2024 Important Dates

Application Open

September 2023

Application Deadline

Document Deadline

January 24, 2024

February 5, 2024 - extended to Feb 12, 2024

First day of STAR

May 20, 2024

Last day of STAR

July 19, 2024