2008 STAR alumni female wearing goggles working with test tubes 2010 STAR Alumni female sitting in an uninhabited aerial vehicle 2010 STAR Alumni female examines phytoplankton and zooplankto using microscope 2010 STAR Alumni female showcasing her research poster 2010 STAR Alumni working with a fiber optic strainsensing system Group photo of 2010 STAR Alumni at the Romberg Tiburon Center 2009 STAR Alumni men working in robotics lab

About the STAR Experience Video

The STAR Experience video was created by STAR Fellow, Zach Green (check out his research here). (All video was collected during the 2015 Summer Program with the cooperation and permission of our Lab Site Partners and Program participants.



Who is who and where is there?

The minute and second (m:ss) video position index below can be used to find out more about some of the 2015 research projects, STAR Fellows, and their lab sites. Individuals are listed the first time they appear.

0:07 Ivan, learn about his research at LIGO.
0:09 Andrea, learn about her research at PNNL.
0:12 Thien, learn about his research at SNL.
0:13 Angeles, learn about her research at CSU Fresno.
0:13 Michael, learn about his research at SLAC.
0:14 Madani, learn about his research at AFRL.
0:14 Rebecca, learn about her research at NASA Ames.
0:15 Caleb, learn about his research at RTC.
0:16 Alexis, learn about her research at CSU Fresno.
0:20 Erik, learn about his research at Biosphere 2.
0:22 David, learn about his research at SLAC.
0:26 Andrea, learn about her research at RTC.
0:36 STAR Opening Events and the Closing Conference provide an opportunity for Fellows from all sites to meet, exchange ideas, present their research to Education Workshop Leaders, Research Mentors, Lab Site Partners, Funding Partners, and the wider community in addition to gathering for special Professional Development opportunities with Education Leaders.
0:42 Dr. John Keller, STAR Executive Director, STEM Education Specialist, and Physics Faculty member at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, has helped develop and expand STEM Teacher Research Experiences since 2009.
0:45 Lauren, learn about her research at PNNL.
0:51 Dr. Debbi Bard (SLAC) is one of the many Research Mentors who are the heart of the Program. Mentors take great care to select their Fellows and shape a challenging, but safe and practical novel nine week research program that provides a growth opportunity for each Fellow.
0:56 STAR works with a wide range of national, university, and private Lab Site Partners which provide hundreds of project opportunities across almost every STEM field. Labs move at the pace of research and can rarely post potential projects in advance. Instead Research Mentors discuss potential projects with applicants who have compatible skills and interests during the selection process.
1:05 Kristen, learn about her research at NASA JPL.
1:16 Lab Site Coordinator, Matt Adamson (U. Arizon Biosphere 2), is an Education and Public Outreach specialist employed by his lab site and provides invaluable, on-site support for STAR Fellows before and during each STAR summer. Matt identifies Research Mentors and projects, provides orientation and safety training, and coordinates many of the logistics required for a rich research and professional development experience.
1:28 While each Fellow is deeply engaged in research practices through their individual work, many are also able to visit other labs to broaden their exposure to STEM opportunities. Here, STAR Fellows visit the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab to learn more about the cutting edge of fusion research.
1:40 Michelle, who studied human performance in extreme environments, became an experimental subject herself at NASA Ames.
1:44 This light sculpture, Pulse of Exploration by Dan Goods, at NASA JPL is connected to the global deep space communications network to represent live uploads and downloads to more than 30 interplanetary missions.
1:47 Dr. Sarah Cohen is a Research Mentor at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies who has mentored many STAR Fellows on biological projects in San Francisco Bay waters, supporting their development as professional, inspiring educators while also collaborating with them on published research.
1:50 Alex, learn about his research at CSU Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

2:04 Students collect plankton in the artificial ocean at Biosphere 2 as part of Erica's research into STEM education programs.

2:10 Angie and Chun (NASA JPL) prepare their posters for the STAR Closing Conference.

2:15 Dale Ingram is an Education and Outreach specialist who helps STAR Fellows develop their new, dual identity as Teacher-Researchers at LIGO.

2:20 The Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona is one research site for the National Optical Astronomy Observatory Lab Site near Tucson. Like many other sites, Fellows working here are able to take advantage of affordable summer housing on university campuses.

1:50 While competitive grades are important, Dr. Xiao-Ying Yu (PNNL) expresses the thoughts of many STAR Research Mentors. They are looking for Fellows who are passionate about research, curious about the world, and willing to work hard in a team environment.

2:31 Robert Brewer (CSU Sacramento) is one of our Education Workshop Leaders who works locally, all summer, with his cohort of 4-10 STAR Fellows. Through weekly workshops and regular contact he helps them translate their lab experience into practical STEM classroom practices. Workshop Leaders, who are Education Faculty or experienced K-12 STEM teachers themselves, also provide invaluable career guidance and a real-world prospective to our aspiring teachers.

2:56 Zoë and Michelle take advantage of the special Professional Development opportunities at STAR Conferences. While the research topics are often very advanced, STAR is about bringing inquiry-based learning into the classroom and those practices and lessons serve elementary, middle, and high-school teachers equally well.

3:03 Like Directors at our other Lab Sites, Karina Nielson from RTC is devoted to partnerships between educators and researchers which provide valuable outcomes for both. Fellows gain valuable experience and insights into the nature of STEM, while professional researchers come to appreciate and foster the abilities of teachers to communicate their work to generations of students who may become STEM professionals themselves.

3:10 Nathan, like many STAR Fellows did research at a university lab site (CSU Sacramento) in his first year, but then worked at a national lab site ( PNNL) during a second STAR summer.