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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 department welcomed 28 students Winter 2018 and 30 students Winter 2019. 

WHO is the Psychology STAR Scholars Program for?

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. CSP and transfer students are especially encouraged to apply. The  program is aimed to support freshman 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.

WHAT will Psych STAR Scholars do?

Students are aspected to attend a series of seven workshops, which include guest presenters on topics ranging from interesting research fields, to resume writing skills, to applying for funding and grants. Additionally, there will be small mentoring groups, connecting undergraduate students with current Psychology PhD students.

HOW can you join?

Applicants will submit written responses to a series of short answer questions, including your areas of interest with Psychology; career/educational goals; and what you hope to achieve by participating in this program. They should be prepared to 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 qualified applicants may not have information in each of the above categories.