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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). The Application for the 2019 Summer of the STAR Scholars Program will open later in the Fall Term. More details will be provided later in the fall term via the website and information sessions.

To Apply

To submit a complete application, students must:

  • Complete an online application
  • 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 recommendation from a Drexel faculty member. While it is not required that recommendations come from a faculty member in the applicant’s college or discipline, it is helpful to obtain a recommendation from a faculty member who can speak to the applicant’s academic ability within their discipline. Recommenders must submit their recommendations directly through the online application; see below for detailed instructions. Recommendations from advisors, TAs, or graduate students will only be accepted as supplementary recommendations, which may be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Research via email ( or in hard copy (3035 MacAlister Hall). An application will not be considered complete without a recommendation from a Drexel faculty member.

Instructions on How to Submit a Faculty Recommendation

Each applicant must obtain a recommendation from a Drexel faculty member. The most important factor in selecting a faculty member is how well they know you and are able to speak to your strengths. You should ask your faculty member if they are willing to write you a letter of recommendation and give them, at an absolute minimum, two weeks to submit your letter. This means that your application must be started in InfoReady at least two weeks prior to the deadline. To begin your application for the program:

  • Access the online STAR Scholars Application via

  • Enter information about your recommender, including their name and email address
    • The faculty mentor will receive an email from InfoReady informing them that you have identified them as a recommender and that they are to submit a letter online via the link provided within the email. This email will look like this:

  • You can continue to enter information and complete your application at this time if you are ready to do so, or you can save as a draft and return to complete it at a later date (prior to the deadline)

When submitting information for your recommender, you will be asked the following: “Would you like to have an email notifying you that the letter is complete?” This box is already checked off; please ensure that it remains checked so that you receive a confirmation email when your recommendation has been submitted by your recommender. Please note: An application will not be considered complete without a recommendation from a Drexel faculty member.

Letters from graduate students, teaching assistants, or teachers/professors outside of Drexel University will only be considered as supplementary recommendations. Supplementary recommendations can be submitted via email to or in hard copy to 3035 MacAlister Hall. 

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.
  • 2018 STAR Scholars will be expected to be involved in research for the entire summer term (June 25, 2019 – September 3, 2019).
  • The STAR Scholars application is now closed.