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Students can apply for the STAR Scholars Program in two ways: (1) during the admissions process to the University and (2) during the mid-year application process.

Launchpad to STAR

In an effort to engage historically excluded students in undergraduate research, Undergraduate Research & Enrichment Programs (UREP) is proud to announce Launchpad to STAR. Through this initiative, underrepresented students are invited to participate in a variety of workshops designed to help them understand what research is and how to get involved. Students who successfully complete Launchpad to STAR are eligible for priority consideration should they decide to apply for the STAR Scholars Program. Learn more about the program, eligibility requirements, and how to participate on the Launchpad page on the UREP Sharepoint.

Mid-Year Application Process

Students can apply for the STAR Scholars Program in two ways: (1) during the admissions process to the University and (2) during the mid-year application process.

Application Opens: Monday, November 1, 2021
Application Closes: 4:00pm on Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Mid-Year Application Elements

  1. Online Application: The online application will open on November 1, 2021. Each applicant must fill out and submit the online application before the deadline (no later than 4:00pm on Monday, January 18, 2022).
  2. Statements: Within the online application, each applicant must respond to 2 very short answer questions, 2 of 3 possible short answer questions, and one personal interest statement which can be answered with a 500-1,000 word essay or a 2-4 minute video.
    1. Very Short Answer Questions
      • Why did you choose your major? (max 100 words)
      • What skills or growth do you hope to gain by participating in STAR? (max 100 words)
    2. Select 2 of the 3 Following Short Answer Questions
      • Reflecting on your first term at Drexel, tell us about one thing that you learned about yourself as a scholar, and how you will apply this lesson in the rest of your Drexel career. (max 250 words)
      • Tell us about a time you worked with a team (in any context). What roles did you play on this team, and what did you learn from the experience? (max 250 words)
      • What academic, professional, and/or personal goals have you set for yourself for your time in college, and how does participating in STAR advance those goals? (max 250 words)
    3. Interest Statement: Tell us about something that fascinates you. This can be something from within your field of study or something outside of your discipline. How did you learn about this topic, and why does it captivate you?
      • Please write between 500-1,000 words or submit a 2-4 minute video. Interest statements will be submitted through the online application as an uploaded document. Please only use the following file formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx, or for a video submission, please follow instructions on application to upload via YouTube.
  3. Recommendation: Each applicant must obtain a recommendation from a Drexel faculty, staff member or graduate student who has agreed to provide a recommendation. In place of a traditional letter of recommendation, recommenders will be asked to complete a recommendation form within the application portal. An application will not be considered complete without a recommendation.

Instructions on How to Submit a Recommendation Request

  • When completing your online application, you will enter your recommender’s name and email.
  • Once you submit your application (prior to the deadline of Tuesday, January 18, 2022 by 4:00pm), your recommender will receive a request from InfoReady to complete the recommendation form.
  • Your recommender will be able to see your completed application and will be able to access the recommendation form to complete.

Recommendations will be due no later than 4:00pm on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. To allow your recommender to begin drafting your recommendation in advance of you submitting your application, please provide them with the STAR Recommender Guidelines prepared by UREP.

Program Decisions: All applicants will be notified of decisions by the end of Winter Term (March 2022).