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ūüĒ¨¬†SARSEF/ UArizona Students Taking Advantage of Research, STAR, Lab Program: Mentorship and Consultation for High School Student Research

Are you committed to in-depth long-term research?  Do you have 5-10 hours a week to dedicate to a research investigation with a mentor?  Will you be 16 years of age by September 20, 2021? If you answered yes to all these questions, please consider applying to the 2021-22 STAR Lab Program!  (If you will not be 16 years of age by the start date, please email if you would like help finding a suitable mentor to assist in your research investigation).

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the STAR Lab Program will exist in two forms. Accepted student researchers may participate in person, working in the STAR Lab in Biosciences West on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson.  Alternatively, accepted student researchers may participate in a remote STAR Lab mentorship, via Zoom.  This means you can live anywhere in the state of Arizona and participate in the STAR Lab. All STAR Lab student researchers, whether in person or remote, will participate in a weekly online lab meeting.

The STAR Lab application requires two teacher recommendations. One from a nominating teacher who will support your participation in the STAR Lab. The second teacher will serve as an additional reference. In addition to completing the program application, please send your 300-word written response to one of the application prompts as well as an unofficial transcript to

Applications for 2021-22 STAR Lab are now open and will close on September 8th, 2021. On September 12th, we will notify applicants of their status and will match each student with a mentor. The STAR Lab Program will run September 20th, 2021- February 18th, 2022.  All participants will enter their research in the SARSEF Fair, Feb 25-March 5th, 2022.  Accepted STAR Lab research students will work with their assigned mentors for the duration of the program, meeting at least once a week to collaborate on the research process. This fabulous program will support you as you nourish and grow your inner scientist/engineer!
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  1. Compete the STAR Lab application
  2. Write and submit essay to
  3. Send unofficial transcript to

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