STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) Program

Summer 2015 Term STAR Applications are due January 15, 2015. Apply here.

The STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program is a 9-week summer research internship for aspiring science and mathematics teachers. STAR provides pre-service and early career science and math teachers with paid summer internships ($500 per week) in national, independent, and university laboratories thereby allowing participants to pursue a prestigious dual "teacher-researcher" career path. With the guidance of a research mentor, STAR Fellows work full-time on a group or independent research project, and participate in weekly education workshops focused on exploring the nature of science and transferring your experience to the classroom. An opening and closing conference provide context and opportunities for STAR Fellows to consider how the "doing of science" may be translated into the "teaching of science." At the closing conference STAR Fellows present their research in a poster session or oral presentation. The ultimate goals of the STAR program are to enhance the recruitment, preparation, and retention of quality science and math teachers. STAR is offered by the California State University in partnership with the US Department of Energy National Research Laboratories, NSF, NASA, federal agencies, and private research organizations.

The 2015 STAR Program begins on June 14 and concludes on August 14, 2015.

Research Opportunities

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a world-renowned laboratory with research opportunities in physics, chemistry, materials and environmental sciences, scientific computing, and many engineering fields.

During the program, each STAR Fellow works with a mentor on a project related to the Laboratory’s research program. Projects range from solar-cell technology to astrophysics, from cancer drug research to particle physics and accelerator design, and from biocompatibility of medical devices to ultrafast (femtosecond) phenomena.

To learn more about the research conducted at SLAC, view our:

Descriptions of previous STAR projects and posters can be found here.


STAR applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements in order to apply for the program:

  • A demonstrated interest in becoming a science or mathematics teacher at the secondary level (grades 6-12)
  • Either a California State University (CSU) student OR an NSF Noyce Scholar in the United States OR a STAR Alum with two or fewer years of participation
  • Major or undergraduate coursework in science, engineering or mathematics
  • At least junior standing with strong science and mathematics course background
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred, applicants below 2.7 will not be considered
  • U.S. citizenship or resident alien status

Key Dates:

  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2015
  • Offers Made: February 15-June 1, 2015
  • First Day of STAR: June 14, 2015
  • STAR Opening Conference: June 19, 2015
  • STAR Closing Conference/last day: August 14, 2015

For More Information

For further information, please visit the website.

SLAC Contact: Maria Mastrokyriakos
Workforce Development & Diversity Specialist
STAR Program Manager
Human Resources Development and Services
2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 11
Building 28, Rm. 83
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tel: (650) 926-2265
Fax: (650) 926-4999

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