Student Achievement in Research and Scholarship



STARS steers high-academically performing under-represented college students toward graduate education and careers in college teaching and research. STARS links promising college sophomores and juniors with a faculty mentor at YSU. The mentor guides the STARS student in academic matters – from selecting courses to making contact with graduate schools --throughout the rest of the student's undergraduate years.

STARS also provides students with independent research opportunities, networking opportunities and assistance in applying to graduate school.

Educational Benefits

  • Research methodologies instruction
  • One-on-one faculty mentoring
  • Participation in Quest (University sponsored forum for student research and scholarship)
  • Graduate school application assistance
  • Assist in identifying potential funding sources for graduate study
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to write for publication

Student Eligibility Requirements

Program admission requirements include demonstrating goal orientation, motivation and high achievement. Students with 2 to 3 years remaining to graduation will be considered for admission. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and maintain a 3.0 GPA for continued participation. Students are encouraged but not required to identify a faculty mentor or potential mentor as soon as they are considering enrolling into the program.

Student Responsibilities

Students are required to complete a scholarly research project, submit a research report, and present their research at Quest, and/or a professional development conference or event. Seniors are encouraged to serve as mentors to younger students to help them become involved in research and/or other scholarly activities.

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