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Development & External Relations 

STARS (Students Targeted toward Advanced Research Studies)

School of Molecular Biosciences
Ross Rowsey, STARS student, and
his mentor Dr. Terry Hassold.
  "The STARS program has been an
extremely enjoyable and
beneficial experience for me. 
With early integration into the
laboratory setting and lab work
 starting my freshman year,
 I am truly ahead of the curve
 compared to my peers."
Ross Rowsey, STARS student
and currently a junior in the
School of Molecular Biosciences.
SMB Stars
Dr. Margret Black and STARS
student Nicole Clark

Educating the next generation of top scientists requires the best training. Biochemistry, Genetics and Cell Biology, or Microbiology students in the School of Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University can begin that training as freshman through the Students Targeted toward Advanced Research Studies (STARS) program. STARS gives select students a chance to accelerate learning and earn a doctorate in as little as seven years after leaving high school.

From their very first semester, WSU freshman in the STARS program are immersed in research and receive one-on-one mentorship from faculty members. STARS students perform independent research in multiple labs supported through annual stipends. By the end of the fourth year, they are also completing their first year of graduate coursework.

Since the program began four years ago, STARS students have been recognized by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program in science and engineering, published scholarly papers, and finished their undergraduate degrees a full semester ahead of schedule.


To make a gift by mail:
Please make check payable to the WSU Foundation and indicate it is for the STARS program.  Send the check to:

Lynne Haley
PO Box 647010
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7010

For questions about giving, contact Lynne Haley,
Director of Development, at (509) 335-5021 or
Last Edited: Jun 11, 2013 6:48 AM   

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