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Science in a real-world setting

STAR aims to produce excellent K-12 STEM teachers by providing aspiring teachers with opportunities to do authentic research while helping them translate their research experience into classroom practice. No previous experience? No problem. That’s exactly what we provide.

STAR also supports the continued development of our Teacher-Researcher Fellows with ongoing professional development and networking opportunities.


We pair aspiring STEM teachers with world-class researchers and scientists at research laboratories throughout the western United States.


STAR Fellowes receive hands-on experience at top labs.


View what past fellowes have said about the STAR program.

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Lab Site partnerships

At the core of every STAR Fellows experience are the outstanding research mentors and laboratory staff at our Lab Site Partner facilities. 
Without them, this program would not be possible.


Our Fellows

The opportunities that participation in STAR brings are due, in large part, to the hundreds of alumni who are good ambassadors of the program who always treat their peers and mentors with professionalism and respect

Anne McHugh

“The professional connections I have made through STAR have transformed my trajectory as a science teacher and transformed my classroom into a laboratory.”

Shawn Kirby

“STAR gave me the courage to know that I could go do things that seemed impossible or out of this world.”

Brooke Connell

“My STAR fellowships have definitely helped me develop as an educator and bring real world science into the classroom.”