Application closed February 22nd

STARS Program is Monday, June 23, 2014 to Friday, August 15, 2014. Applications accepted January 1, 2014 to February 22, 2014

US citizens or permanent residents can apply to STARS by completing the following application and submitting a complete application package to the Office of Graduate Studies. A complete application package includes:

  • Personal Profile
  • Personal Statement
    • The Personal Statement should be your introduction to us about who you are. Cover any previous research and why you want to be a part of the STARS program. (max: 3000 characters)
  • Faculty Research Interests
    • Identify the department and three faculty mentors with whom you would like to work and describe the research interests for your selection.
    • Search the department homepages and faculty information.
    • If you do not find the faculty or information you are looking for, contact the graduate coordinator for the department in which you are interested. Please note faculty are frequently not available during the summer session however we will make every attempt to match you with one of your faculty preferences as a mentor.
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation from faculty (please have faculty recommend you for this research experience and describe your potential as a research scholar).
  • A copy of current Academic Transcripts

Please email recommendations and official transcripts to or mail to:

9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093-0003

After completing the application, click "SUBMIT" and you will receive a confirmation and a copy of your submitted application. Please email us if you have any changes to your application.

Applicants who are selected to participate in the summer program will be notified of a conditional acceptance pending mentor/lab placement. Once accepted as a research intern by your faculty mentor, a final acceptance and enrollment form will be sent.

For questions or additional information see call (858) 822-3536 or email


Contact Us

Please contact me with any questions about the STARS program.

Elisa Maldonado

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