Congrats on your decision to apply for STAR! Please be sure to read the following information before applying to the program. We're currently accepting applications for the 2014 STAR Program, which runs from June 16 through August 16, 2014. Applications for the 2014 STAR Program must be submitted on or before January 31, 2014.
To be eligible for the STAR Program, you must be:
- at least 18 years old by the start of the program;
- a student or alum of the California State University and/or a current or former member of the NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Program;
- a US Citizens or Permanent Resident Alien; and,
- a pre-service teacher or a STAR alum with two or fewer years of participation in STAR and two or fewer years of teaching experience.
To clarify the last bullet point: first time participants must be pre-service teachers, i.e., future teachers who have not yet worked as a paid, full-time teacher. Alumns of the STAR Program are encouraged to participate in up to three STAR research experiences, provided they have not been teaching for more than two years.
Successful applicants will have:
- a demonstrated interest in teaching math and science in grades K-12;
- at least junior standing with a strong record of undergarduate coursework in mathematics and science; and,
- a minimum GPA of 2.7 (3.0 or higher preferred).
Preparing for the Application Process
You can preview the online application by downloading a sample PDF version of the application. Do NOT email your application as a PDF; submit your application online using the link provided below. The online application has 8 sections:
- Contact information
- Eligibility requirements
- Teaching experience and interests
- Research experience and interests
- Essay questions
- Resume, transcripts, and references
- Demographic information (Note: Demographic information is used for program evaluation purposes only and will not be used to select applicants)
The application requires you to complete four 250-word essays on the following topics: (1) Teaching Experience / Interests, (2) Research Experience / Interests, (3) Complementary Soft Skills, and (4) Challenges / Barriers. For each topic, you are given three options for your essay prompt, and we encourage you to choose the prompt that best highlights your strengths. To help you prepare your essays, the prompts are reproduced in the sample PDF version of the application.
Resume, Transcripts, and References
To complete the online application, please be prepared to upload the following documents:
- Transcripts – copies of your transcripts (unofficial are fine, just be sure they are legible) from any college or university in which you have enrolled in courses.
- Resume – If you do not have a resume, you can use the sample resume template (Word) to create one. If you already have a resume, be sure it addresses each of the items from the sample resume template.
Additionally, you will be asked to provide an email address for a reference who can speak to your interests in teaching and research. To help you select an appropriate reference, you can preview the online Recommender Form by downloading a sample PDF version of the recommender form. Do NOT email this PDF to your reference; we will solicit their reference via an online form.
After you have completed the first section of the application (contact information) you can save your progress on the application at any point, logout, and return later. We recommend bookmarking this page so you can click the link to the login page to continue your application. You can also review all parts of the application before responding. Once you submit a recommender's email, that person will receive an automated invitation to provide a recommendation. After you have completed all steps of the application, you must click the "final submit" button.