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STAR Scholars Program

The Psychology STAR Scholars Program(Students Tackling Advanced Research), is an educational opportunity outreach program designed to support and guide underrepresented students to become involved in research and understand its application in the real world. These students engage with research in a meaningful way, connect with current Psychology PhD students, and prepare for careers in and out of academia. The program consists of two parts: (1) a Fall Seminar Series and (2) Winter Workshops and Mentoring Program.

Our virtual 2020 Fall Seminar Series is open to all students.

This series is led by our STAR Scholars mentors and faculty director, Dr. Cindy Lustig.

Upcoming Sessions

Please RSVP for any session that you wish to attend (you will get a Zoom link in the confirmation email).

Mon, Oct 5, 4-5:30pm: What is YOUR role in research? Undergraduate research panel

Tues, Oct 27, 4-5:30pm: How to get involved in research as an undergraduate (and what to do it you can't get a position this year)

Wed, Nov 11, 4-5:30pm: Life of a doctor - but not that kind!

Wed, Dec 9, 4-5:30pm: Applying to research opportunities - the nitty-gritty and what NOT to do

Recordings of Past Sessions

Psychology research - From the lab to real life (View recording of session)

The graduate school application process: Start now! (View recording of session)

Students will attend a series of 13 workshops that will highlight topics such as interesting research fields within psychology, resume/CV writing, applying to graduate school and tips for gaining transferable career skills through research. Additionally, there will be small mentoring groups, connecting undergraduate students with current Psychology PhD students.

The Winter 2021 application is NOW AVAILABLE! The deadline to apply is November 6, 2020.

Students will be notified about their application status in early December. 30 students from the University of Michigan will be selected to participate and up to 25 non U-M students will be offered a position in the program. 

Who should apply to participate in the Winter Workshop & Mentoring Program?

Students should demonstrate strong academic potential, with an interest in connecting with graduate students and faculty around research and mentorship opportunities. Preference is given to individuals who have little to no research experience and are unsure how to get involved. University of Michigan CSP and transfer students are especially encouraged to apply. The program is aimed to support first-year through junior Psychology & Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience (BCN) majors or intended majors, with a particular focus on students who meet 1 or more of the criteria below:

(a) Come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan;

(b) Have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations (by commitment to diversity, we mean efforts in the U.S. to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.);

(c) Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances;

(d) Are first-generation U.S. citizens or are the first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college. Note: International students are eligible to apply.

How can you join?

Applicants will submit written responses to a series of short answer questions (areas of interest with Psychology; career/educational goals; and purpose for participating in this program, etc) and submit a C.V. or Resume, which may include information such as: education, work experience, professional and non-professional affiliations, awards and honors, service and volunteer activities, special skills, publications/presentations, hobbies. Note - many qualifies applicants may not have information in all of these categories.