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Locations

Each iSTAR site has been developed in conjunction with faculty from across the University. As we continue to collaborate with departments and faculty here at Drexel and abroad, we will add more sites to our growing list of international STAR opportunities.  

Los Angeles (New for Summer 2015)

This year, we are able to send 4-6 Westphal College of Media Arts & Design students to Los Angeles for a cross-cultural experience to conduct faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative work. We are currently working with Westphal faculty to identify appropriate students and potential projects. These students will be paired with faculty mentors on campus, as well as professional mentors in California. After 6-8 weeks of mentored work in California, all iSTAR in LA students will return to campus to present their work at the STAR Scholars Summer Showcase in late August.

Costa Rica

Currently, faculty in the BEES (Biodiversity, Earth, & Environmental Science) Department conduct field research in Costa Rica. Selected students will travel with faculty to Costa Rica and conduct on-going research on army ants under the on-site supervision of a graduate student in the mountainous area near Monteverde. The language of research is English. 

This opportunity is appropriate for students in the College of Arts & Sciences: Biology and/or BEES departments.  For further information, see Dr. Sean O’Donnell’s lab webpage

Interested students who have already been accepted into the STAR Scholars Program should submit their iSTAR application to the Office of Undergraduate Research. 

Germany

The Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM), Saarbrucken, Germany, has partnered with the Department of Materials Engineering to provide an iSTAR opportunity for engineering students. Current projects include energy storage and electrospinning of carbide fibers.

The language of research is English; however some German language proficiency is recommended. Conversational German language instruction will be provided by the INM.  

This opportunity is appropriate for students in the College of Engineering and the School of BioMedical Engineering, Sciences and Health Systems.  Interested students who have been accepted to the STAR Program should submit their iSTAR application to the Office of Undergraduate Research. 

Finland

The University of Oulu has partnered with faculty in the College of Engineering to provide iSTAR opportunities for students in Electrical Engineering and Environmental Science/Engineering.

The language of research is English. This opportunity is appropriate for students in the College of Engineering and the College of Arts & Science (specifically the BEEs department).