STARS Program


STARS (Student Achievement in Research and Scholarship) is an undergraduate research program that is faculty-driven and provides incentive-based mentoring for high-ability students who are preparing for graduate school and ultimately for academic careers. Administratively, STARS is a consortium of 16 Ohio universities and two community colleges, each with a campus coordinator and faculty mentors whose work with students includes the following: academic advising, guidance in the conduct of a research project, and guidance in the student's preparation for participation in at least one academic or professional conference.

Now in its 17th year of operation, STARS is governed by a statewide committee consisting of the STARS coordinators from each participating campus, plus an administrator representing the Ohio Board of Regents (OBOR).

The mission of STARS is to increase the pool of individuals from low income, first generation or traditionally under-represented groups in graduate schools in Ohio. STARS Program has two objectives. The first is to develop a statewide mentoring system for high-ability undergraduate students in order to encourage their interest in academic careers and to prepare them for graduate school. The second is to develop a statewide system to recruit STARS students into doctoral programs in Ohio by providing them with assurance of financial assistance, typically in the form of a graduate assistantship.

Students interested in participating in the STARS Program are encouraged to contact Serreta Archer at 216-687-9236, by e-mail at, or visit the website at STARS is located in Rhodes Tower 1254.

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