Students Targeted toward Advanced Research Studies
Accelerated Degree Program
Your career in science, health, or medicine begins here.

STARS

2023-2024 Application cycle is open

STARS application form

Questions about how you can become a STARS student? Contact Anita Peralta or 509-335-9376.

Students accepted into our prestigious Students Targeted toward Advanced Research Studies (STARS) program get an early start on research and earn their PhD in biochemistry, genetics and cell biology, microbiology, or neuroscience in as little as 7 years after graduating high school.

Where will the STARS program take you?

STARS students go on to medical school, dental school, veterinary school, or pharmacy school, or immediately begin their careers in science, health, or medicine.  

As a STARS student you:

  • Can earn an accelerated Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, genetics and cell biology, microbiology, or neuroscience in as little as 3 years
  • Earn a doctorate in as little as 7 years after leaving high school
  • Have one-on-one research and advising mentorship starting your first year
  • Will finish your first year of graduate coursework in your senior year
  • Are part of a small group of some of the top biomedical students in the country

STARS graduates are:

  • Students in medical training programs at top universities, such as the Mayo Clinic
  • Medical educational professionals
  • Postdoctoral researchers at prestigious research institutions
  • AAAS Science and Technology Policy fellows
  • Patent attorneys

STARS stories


Questions about giving? Contact Lynne Haley or 509-335-5021.

Pullman, Washington

Pullman is located in the Palouse region of the Inland Northwest, homelands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and Palus people. The Palouse has one of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the world. Rolling hills and wide-open skies give the region its distinctive appeal.

Residents enjoy outdoor activities and the benefits of small town living with the cultural richness of bigger city life.

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