Separate application plus additional documentation required
STARS (Science Technology & Research Scholars) STEM Program for Minority Students
August 10–21, 2020
STARS is a two-week summer research experience designed to support the next generation of minority scientists, doctors, and other health professionals. This program provides students with state-of-the-art laboratory and computer science skills needed to succeed in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) in college and beyond.
Students conduct hands-on science and computer projects and participate in enrichment activities including discussions with researchers and tours of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Stony Brook University campuses. After the two-week program, students also have a line of communication to mentors who can provide advice on finding future research experiences and preparing for college.
Classes run Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Stony Brook field trip day concludes at 6:00 p.m.). No transportation is provided; parents are responsible for on-time drop-off and pickup.
Students build skills in three areas:
- Acquire basic biological/biomedical laboratory skills such as laboratory safety, DNA extraction and analysis, DNA sequencing, and other molecular biology techniques
- Work on a complete research project using DNA barcoding to identify species of invertebrates, insects or plants in their environment
Coding and Data Science
- Learn the basics of computer coding (in the Python language) and fundamental data science skills
- Learn how to write code in order to analyze biological data
Science and Career Skills for Success
- Understand how to develop science research questions
- Communicate the results of research, including writing, speaking, and presentation skills
- Explore career opportunities in science and understand how to prepare for success (writing a resume, finding a mentor, effective study techniques)
The STARS program is limited to students who are underrepresented minorities in STEM (defined by the National Science Foundation as Black or African American; American Indian or Native Alaskan; Hispanic or Latino; and Native Pacific Islander); eligible students have completed the 9th grade.
All accepted students have the $1,200 tuition waived. As part of their service as scholars, students have a community engagement responsibility, including a presentation at the end of their research experience and helping to recruit and support future STAR scholars.
- A personal statement on why students want to apply (500 words or less).
- A letter of recommendation from a science, math, technology or other STEM teacher.
- (Optional) a report card or transcript (grades from at least Fall 2019 classes).
- Completed Parent/Guardian Certification form, signed by Parent/Guardian and a teacher or principal.
Applications should be completed/postmarked by April, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be on or before April 30, 2020, with late applications being accepted until enrollment is full. Applications submitted after the camp fills will be waitlisted. Contact Jason Williams at the DNA Learning Center at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.