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6/3/19: This camp and waitlist are now full. We hope you will be able to apply and attend next year's camp. Please let us know if you want to be notified about the 2020 camp by emailing williams@cshl.edu

STARS (Science Technology & Research Scholars) STEM Program
for Minority Students

August 19-30, 2019
Held on the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory campus and at the DNA Learning Center

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 will 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 will also have a line of communication to mentors who can provide advice on finding future research experiences and preparing for college.

Classes will run Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Stony Brook field trip day will conclude at 6:00 p.m.). No transportation will be provided; parents are responsible for on-time drop-off and pickup.

Students will build skills in three areas:

Molecular Biology

  • 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 will have completed the 9th grade.

All accepted students will have the $1200 tuition waived. As part of their service as scholars, students will have a community engagement responsibility, including a presentation at the end of their research experience and helping to recruit and support future STAR scholars.

How to Apply

Required materials (have these ready before applying):

  • Students must prepare a short personal statement on why they want to apply (500 words or less).
  • Students must provide a copy of their latest report card OR a letter of recommendation from a science, math, technology or other STEM teacher.

Apply using this Google Form (http://tiny.cc/DNALCSTARS)

Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis until July 31st, or the camp is full. Qualified applicants will be typically approved within 7 days (usually on Fridays). Applications submitted after the camp fills will be waitlisted.

If you have questions, contact Jason Williams at the DNA Learning Center at williams@cshl.edu.


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