STAR Scholars 2015 STAR student Ellen To speaking with faculty mentor Joan Bloch and Pennoni Honors College Dean Paula Marantz Cohen. The STAR (Students Tackling Advanced Research) Scholars Program allows first-year students to participate in faculty-mentored research, scholarship, or creative work during the summer after their freshman year. STAR Scholars work full-time during the summer term while living on campus and earning a $3,500 stipend. The STAR Scholars Program provides an opportunity for students to get to know faculty, explore a major area of research, and gain practical skills and valuable research experience. Click through this section for more information about the opportunity to take a hands-on approach to your education through undergraduate research!