"YES! I would definitely recommend STAR to undergraduates interested in a summer research experience!" - STAR participant

Admission Requirements

STAR Application

  • Complete and submit by the application deadline
  • There is no application fee to submit a STAR application
  • Please be throughtful 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 reserach 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.

STAR Application

Application Status Portal

Contact Us

STAR Program

Health Sciences Campus

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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:
    • BIOMEDIAL SCIENCES: must have completed at least freshman and sophmore years by the start of the Summer 2024 session.
    • BIOSTATISTICS: must have completed at least freshman and sophomore years and in addition, preferably junior year too by the start of the Summer 2024 session.
    • NURSING: must have completed at least freshman and sophomore years and in addition, preferably junior year too 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.

Summer 2024 Important Dates

Application Opens September 1, 2023
Application Deadline January 24, 2024
Document Deadline February 5, 2024
First Day of STAR May 20, 2024
Last Day of STAR July 19, 2024

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