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Application & Guidelines

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Be a freshman
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better; strong preference will be given to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or better
  • Have an interest in research and be willing to commit to 40 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 here as of the first day of Winter Term)
  • Submit a personal statement, embedded within the online application, that answers the following prompt: What past academic, personal, or professional experiences of yours have led to your interest in applying for the STAR Scholars Program? How will your participation in the STAR Scholars Program build upon those past experiences, and what benefits do you think you will derive from being a part of this program?
  • Obtain a faculty recommendation. You must have a Drexel faculty member fill out the faculty recommendation form, and this form must be emailed to the Drexel Office of Undergraduate Research no later than 4:00pm on Monday, February 2, 2015. This recommendation must come from a Drexel faculty member; primary recommendations will not be accepted from teaching assistants or academic advisors. 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.

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.
  • 2015 STAR Scholars will be expected to be involved in research for the entire summer term (June 22, 2015 – September 1, 2015).

The STAR Scholars Application will open on the first day of Winter Term (Monday, January 5, 2015). All application materials for the STAR Scholars Program will be due no later than 4:00pm on Monday, February 2, 2015.