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Stipends for Training Aspiring Researchers (STAR)

About the Stipends for Training Aspiring Researchers (STAR) Program

The Stipends for Training Aspiring Researchers (STAR) Program is a paid summer research experience designed to encourage and support the research training of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged undergraduate and graduate students in the health, biomedical, and behavioral sciences.

Students are provided:

  • Quality experiences in laboratories of established researchers
  • Academic exposure and confidence to successfully enter Ph.D. level programs and professional programs of study
  • Long-term “mentored” relationship with UW advisors, researchers, professors, staff, and support programs for students of color

*The program is funded by a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institutes (NHLBI). NHLBI and the coordinators of the UW STAR Program strongly encourage students from underrepresented minority groups (i.e., African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic/Mexican American) to apply.

Program Details


STAR is a biomedical research internship experience during the summer.

*Semester system/Out-of-state students must attend for 8 weeks from from June 17, 2024 to August 9, 2024. On-campus housing is not guaranteed. A list of possible summer apartments can be obtained upon request.

UW/Quarter system school students must attend for 10 weeks, from June 17, 2024 to August 23, 2024.

All students are expected to present their research at university health science poster sessions. Tentative poster session dates are August 7, 2024 and August 14, 2024.


  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • For students with junior class standing and above, prior biomedical laboratory experience is important in being considered for the program. Placement will be based on individual background, area of interest, and participating mentors
  • Program Participants must be from groups considered underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.

Academic Requirements

  • Participants must have completed at least one college level mathematics and one college level science series (Freshman level); with a minimum 3.0 GPA in all math and science series’ coursework.
  • Participants must be Freshman through Senior undergraduate students; 1st year professional program students; or entering UW biomedical graduate students.
  • Each participant will receive monetary compensation of $19.97 per hour. Written information regarding compensation will be provided upon acceptance.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2024 STAR Program! The application deadline is February 19, 2024. Please click the link below to apply: