Students in STARS Program to discuss research

January 25, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Staff

The Office of Undergraduate Research will host a free, public forum for student researchers who were funded by the STARS Program Friday, Jan. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Sullivan Hall Hoch Conference Room.

The STARS (Student Achievement in Research and Scholarship) Program is for undergraduates and is designed to prepare high-achieving low-income, potential first-generation students from underrepresented groups for the next level in their educational continuum through graduate education and professional careers.

Listed by time, student presenters will be:

• Noon — Jimmy Rigsby, kinesiology;

• 12:20 p.m. — Helen Seyoum, pharmacy; and

• 12:40 p.m. — Amber Hall, engineering.

“The STARS Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct scholarly research with a faculty mentor by receiving paid research assistantships,” said Dr. Tom Kvale, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. “While the immediate focus of the program is to encourage and help undergraduate students successfully enroll and participate in graduate school, the long-term goal of the program is to enlarge the pool of those wishing to become college faculty members and/or trained professionals in Ohio.”

Students identify a faculty mentor under whom they conduct a research project. The research may be in any field represented at the University. The student, with guidance from the faculty mentor, submits a research proposal to the Office of Undergraduate Research as part of the application process.

STARS is open to all undergraduate students who are eligible for Pell Grants, but high priority will be given to sophomores and juniors. Candidates must demonstrate that they are goal-oriented, motivated and high-achieving. Students need to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for acceptance into the program.

For more information, contact Kvale at or 419.530.2983.

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