Stipends for Training Aspiring Researchers (STAR)

University of Washington Health Sciences Center
Seattle, WA.
Type Basic Science Research


The Stipends for Training Aspiring Researchers (STAR) Program is a paid summer research experience designed to encourage and support the research training of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged undergraduate and graduate students in the health, biomedical, and behavioral sciences. Students are provided first-hand, quality experiences in laboratories of established researchers, gain the confidence and academic exposure which will allow them to successfully enter PHD level and professional programs of study, and become part of a network which includes a long-term “mentored” relationship with University of Washington advisors, researchers, professors, staff, and support programs for students of color.


  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • For students with junior class standing and above, prior biomedical laboratory experience is important in being considered for the program. Placement will be based on individual background, area of interest, and participating mentors
  • Program Participants must be from groups considered underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.

Academic Requirements

  • Participants must have completed at least one college level mathematics and one college level science series (Freshman level); with a minimum 3.0 GPA in all math and science series’ coursework.
  • Participants must be Freshman through Senior undergraduate students; 1st year professional program students; or entering UW biomedical graduate students.
  • Each participant will receive monetary compensation of $15.45 per hour. Written information regarding compensation will be provided upon acceptance.

More Information

Stipends for Training Aspiring Researchers (STAR)

Teri Ward, M.Ed
Director, Health Sciences Center Minority Students Program (HSCMSP)
(p) 206.221.6016