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Application & Guidelines

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for the STAR Scholars Program, students must:

  • Be a first-year student
  • Have an interest in research and be willing to commit to 35 hours/week of research for 10 weeks over the summer while residing in campus housing (provided by STAR)

To Apply

To submit a complete application, students must:

  • Complete the online application, available on the first day of Winter Term

  • Submit two written statements, both of which will be embedded within the online application.
    • Personal statement: What motivates you to become a part of the STAR Scholars Program? How do you see your participation in STAR building upon previous (academic, personal, or professional) experiences, and what benefits do you think you will derive from being a part of this program?
    • Statement of academic/creative interests: Please choose one of the following topics to answer:
      • Describe the areas of research/scholarly inquiry/creative work you would like to pursue through the STAR Scholars Program and beyond OR
      • Describe your reason for choosing your major/field of study (e.g., what are your academic/professional goals and how will your field of study help you achieve those goals)
  • Please write between 500-1,000 words for each prompt (for a total of 1,000-2,000 words). Both statements will be submitted through the online application as uploaded documents. Please use only the following file formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx. 
  • Obtain a faculty recommendation from a Drexel faculty member; primary recommendations will not be accepted from teaching assistants or academic advisors. All applicants must have their primary recommender fill out the recommendation form (download below). Recommenders should return this form to applicants to upload to their online application. If recommenders are concerned about applicants viewing recommendations, they may supply the applicant with a letter indicating that they will send the recommendation separately; the applicant will upload that letter with their application, and the recommender may send the recommendation directly to the Office of Undergraduate Research. If you would like to request a recommendation from an individual who is not a Drexel faculty member, that will only serve as a supplementary recommendation. Additionally, your faculty recommender does not need to be a faculty member in your discipline, though it is helpful if it does.

Download Recommendation Form

New in 2017: The new online application will not be complete (and thus not able to be submitted) unless the applicant uploads all required documents (including two written statements and one recommendation). Please be sure to inform your recommender that they must return the recommendation to you prior to the application deadline so that you may submit your whole application in a timely manner. Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Important Notes

  • It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all elements of his/her application (including the faculty recommendation) have been submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Research prior to the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • No exceptions will be made for students who miss the deadline.
  • 2017 STAR Scholars will be expected to be involved in research for the entire summer term (June 26, 2017 – September 5, 2017).

The STAR Scholars Application will open at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017. The application will close at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2017.