About the STAR Program


2017 STAR Students

The Summer STAR (Student Training And Research) Program is designed to provide biomedical research experience for undergraduate students with a sincere desire to pursue a graduate education in biomedical sciences.

This program provides opportunities for highly motivated and talented undergraduate students to develop skills as young scientists and to further explore their interest in biomedical research. During the course of the nine-week program, STARs actively participate in a biomedical research project under the guidance of a Augusta University faculty member.

In addition, STAR participants attend workshops, discussion groups and laboratory demonstrations that expose them to a broad range of biomedical research techniques, approaches and laboratory experiences available at Augusta University. The Summer STAR program provides excellent preparation and relevant experience for students planning to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD in the biomedical sciences.

The Summer 2019 STAR Program is scheduled to begin May 20, 2019 and end July 19, 2019. STAR participants are required to participate for the full nine-week session. Alternative session dates are not available.

Financial Support

Participants will be paid a salary of $4,500 (before taxes) for the nine-week period.

It is expected that the student will spend a minimum of 40 hours per week in laboratory, attend all STAR workshops and fulfill all of the requirements of the program.

Participants will be responsible for travel, meals, housing and other personal expenses.

On-Campus Housing

STARs who have requested housing will be housed in a residence hall on the Health Sciences Campus. 

Augusta University Residence Hall: Oak

The STAR program will provide a $1000 subsidization toward housing for participants who live on-campus. This subsidization will be paid directly to the Augusta University Business Office and not to the STAR participant. The total cost of housing for the summer 2019 session is $1400. Each STAR participant is responsible for paying $400 by May 6, 2019.

The Office of Housing and Residence Life will be given a list of accepted STAR applicants who have indicated a request for housing on their STAR application form. All arrangements should be made directly through The Office of Residence Life at Augusta University at (706) 729-2300 or residencelife@augusta.edu

Payment in full will be required prior to moving in to your room. Each STAR participant will be required to sign a housing agreement. The Office of Housing and Residence Life will provide each STAR participant with all of the policy, payment and procedural information.

 on campus housing


Mission Statement

To provide outstanding hands-on biomedical research opportunities for undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the country who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the biomedical sciences.

To expose undergraduate students to a broad range of biomedical research areas, approaches and techniques through interactive workshops.

To serve as a recruiting mechanism for the biomedical science graduate programs in The Graduate School.

To promote communication and interaction between undergraduate institutions and Augusta University.

To expand mentoring opportunities for current postdoctoral fellows and upper level graduate students at Augusta University.