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

Admission Requirements

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. (Note: The STAR program reserves the right to ask for an official copy of any transcript upon request.)
  • Email transcripts to STAR@augusta.edu
  • Competitive applicants will have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0

Letters of Recommendation (2)

After you submit your application, please follow the directions provided to:

  • 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.

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. 

Contact Us

STAR Program

Health Sciences Campus

Pavilion III





STAR Application

Application Status Portal

STAR - Summer 2023 Important Dates

Application Opens

October 5, 2022

Application & Document Deadline

February 1, 2023

First day of STAR

May 22, 2023

Last day of STAR

July 21, 2023

STAR Awards

Recognize Outstanding Talent & Potential

2022 STAR awardees

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!