The Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR) Researcher program, a collaborative project of California State University, provides pre-service and early career science teachers with eight week long paid mentor and research opportunities at a national research center.
Applicants must have the following:
- A demonstrated interest in becoming a science or mathematics teacher at the secondary level (grades 6-12)
- Either a California State University (CSU) student OR NSF Noyce Scholar in the United States OR a STAR Alum with two or fewer years of participation AND two or fewer years of teaching experience (first time participants must be pre-service teachers, i.e., not yet teaching full-time in a paid position)
- Major or undergraduate coursework in science, engineering or mathematics
- At least junior standing with strong science and mathematics course background
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred, applicants below 2.7 will not be considered
- U.S. citizenship or resident alien status
The application process will require you to upload the following documents:
- 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.
- 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.
- Letter of recommendation – Applicants are encouraged to choose recommenders who can speak to the applicant's (1) commitment, relevant experience, and potential as a teacher and (2) interest, relevant experience, and potential as a researcher. In many cases, two recommendations will be needed to address both teaching and research.