STAR Overview

The Summer STAR (Student Training And Research) 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. STAR participants are matched to a biomedical research laboratory and engage in a research project under the guidance of an Augusta University faculty member and their lab team. The Summer STAR program provides excellent preparation and relevant experience for students planning to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD in the biomedical sciences.  

STAR Workshops

In addition to hands-on laboratory research experience, STAR participants attend workshops that expose them to a broad range of biomedical research techniques, approaches and laboratory experiences available at Augusta University. 

STAR 2022 Session Dates

The session dates are May 23, 2022 - July 22, 2022. STAR Participants must be available to attend the entire summer session.


On campus housing for Summer 2022 is to be determined. If on campus housing is not available, participants must have housing accommodations in the Augusta area with reliable transportation to commute to the Health Sciences campus daily.


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 the 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. 

Application Deadlines

Application Opens: September 2021
Application Deadline: February 1,  2022*
*EXTENDED DEADLINE: February 8, 2022 - applications and required documents must be received by this date*

Admission Requirements

STAR Application

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Summer STAR Program

Health Sciences Campus

Pavilion III



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.

Summer STAR Alumni


The 2019 STARs

Class photo of 2019 alumni

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The 2018 STARs

Class od 2018 Group shot

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The 2017 STARs

Class of 2017 Group Picture
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The 2016 STARs

Class of 2016 group picture

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STAR Awards

Recognize Outstanding Talent & Potential

STAR Program Students

Each year the STAR program has become increasingly competitive, attracting more and more of the best and brightest undergraduates from across the country.  These academically gifted, highly motivated and very talented undergraduate students participate in the STAR program to actively learn about and engage in the scientific process, immerse themselves in Augusta University’s science community, and acquire knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in research. 

This 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!



Eldridge Award

Ebad Hasan Memorial Award