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Students Taking Advantage of Research

STAR Lab is a program that pairs high school students with mentors experts in their field to complete a research project. The program runs from late September to early March. Mentors can be faculty, post-docs, grad students, and STEM Industry Professionals from the community. Most mentor are from the University of Arizona, but we also have had mentors from Roche, the University of Georgia and University of Colorado. Students that have a genuine interest in doing science and experiencing an authentic research project should consider applying for STAR Lab. We highly encourage students from underrepresented communities in STEM and Title I schools to apply. The time commitment for students varies month to month, however, on average time commitment ranges from 5-10 hours a week. Students that participate in STAR Lab will also be enrolled in a UA class, and will have three major assignments (research proposal, research paper and slide deck). This provides three units of credit for MCB103B. They will also meet with a facilitator every week for one hour virtually to learn about how to complete the research project. Aside from this virtual meeting, students will meet with their mentor every week for one hour, this can be done virtually or in person, or a mix of both.

2024-2025 STAR Lab

Applications for the 2024-25 STAR Lab will open mid-July

Important Dates

  • September 1, 2024 – STAR Lab application closes
  • September 16, 2024 – applicants will be notified of their status and accepted students will register for MCB103B at the University of Arizona
  • September 21, 2024 – Virtual Orientation Session
  • September 23, 2024– early March 2025 – STAR Lab Program runs
  • September 28, 2024 – In person Field Trip day at the University of Arizona

Application Requirements

  • A recommendation from a nominating teacher who will support your participation in STAR Lab
  • Students must be 16 by the start of the program

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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Mentors needed

Apply to be a STAR Lab mentor

Mentors will meet with student mentees for at least an hour once a week. Some students will come to the UArizona campus STAR Lab to do their research, others will work remotely, so the weekly check-ins may be in person or via Zoom. In addition to mentoring the research process, mentors will review student written work: research proposal, research paper, poster or slide deck research presentation. Students will be coached and supported in the writing process by STAR Lab Facilitators. The program will run from the end of September to the beginning of March.

Please email Cindy Bujanda, Manager of High School Programs, at with any questions or mentorship opportunities.