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Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year 2017-18

Fall Term

  • Students pre-enrolled as STAR Scholars meet with STAR alumni for informal mentoring 
  • OUR Staff meet individually with pre-enrolled STAR Scholars to begin the matching process
  • Faculty interested in serving as STAR Mentors post STAR projects on DISCOVER

Winter Term

  • January 8, 2018: STAR Application is open to entire freshman class (not limited to Honors students)
    • Requirements: Online application; recommendation letter from Drexel faculty; 2 personal statements
  • January 18-20, 2018: STAR Alumni to present research at Harvard University’s National Collegiate Research Conference
  • February 5, 2018: STAR Application closes
  • March 2018: Decisions sent out to all STAR applicants 
    • All applicants will hear from Office of Undergraduate research, regardless of decision
  • LeBow STAR Scholars required to register for Introduction to Research Methods course for Spring Term; also open to STAR Scholars in Humanities and Social Sciences

Spring Term

  • Faculty members can contact OUR staff ( to be matched with STAR Scholars or to advertise open research positions appropriate for STAR Scholars through Discover portal

  • OUR staff arrange for STAR Summer housing, personnel, and payment

  • OUR staff monitor academic progress of all STAR Scholars to ensure program compliance

  • May 15, 2018: Deadline for STAR Scholars to secure faculty mentors and submit signed Scholar/Mentor contracts to OUR
  • June 15, 2018: Deadline for STAR Scholars to submit their project outline guidelines and sample responses

Summer Term

  • June 25, 2018: First day of STAR Summer term
    • All STAR Scholars expected to work 350 hours over ten-week period
  • OUR staff host information sessions and professional development workshops for STAR Scholars
  • OUR staff schedule site visits with interested STAR Scholars and Mentors 
  • August 16, 2018: STAR Scholars Abstract Submissions due by 4 p.m. (submission guidelines TBA)
  • August 21, 2018: STAR Scholars Posters due to OUR staff for printing by 4 p.m. (submission guidelines TBA)
  • August 30, 2018: STAR Scholars Summer Showcase
    • STAR poster sessions
    • Faculty/student awards
    • Celebration luncheon
  • September 4, 2018: Last day of STAR Scholars Summer term