Frequently Asked Questions

How are applicants selected for the program?

Admission to the STaRS program is based on the applicant’s academic record, recommendations, personal statement,  academic and professional  goals especially as they relate toward  future careers in biomedical research.   All applications are reviewed by an admissions committee composed of  faculty from the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences.

How many people do you admit to the STaRS program?

We  admit approximately 8-12 students.

How do I submit my application materials?

The application, personal statement, recommendations, unofficial transcript and current resume (optional) must be submitted using our online application process. Application instructions are listed on the application page.

Who should write a letter of recommendation for me?

Recommendations letters are upon request from our admissions committee. If contacted for letters, they should come from Faculty members or other individuals who know you well and can evaluate your academic potential and/or have supervised your involvement in research. Recommendations should communicate information about your academic achievements, potential as a researcher, general character and work ethic.

I am not a member of an underrepresented minority or disadvantaged group. Can I apply to the summer program?

Yes.  We welcome applications from all eligible undergraduate students interested in participating in the summer undergraduate research program; however, the number of applications we receive normally allows us to fill all internships with highly qualified students who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.

I am a BU Student. Can I apply to the summer program?

Yes.  If you are a BU student you can apply to the  program; however, STaRS is primarily designed for students from other colleges and universities.

I am not a US citizen or Permanent Resident (green card holder) of the US. Can I apply?

No.  Unfortunately our funding allows us to offer fellowships only to US citizens and Permanent Residents. However, we recommend that you link to the summer opportunities section of Boston University’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) to find out  about other programs which may not have this funding restriction.

How do i verify if my application is complete?

You will be notified by email once you have successfully submitted your application. A completed application consists of a successfully submitted application and all supplementary materials, including an unofficial transcript and the names of 2 references, who will be contacted during final rounds of consideration.

When will I find out if I have been accepted?

All final  decisions will be made by March 13, 2015.

How do I know who my faculty mentor will be?

We do our best to match you with a faculty mentor whose research interests are similar to yours. If admitted, you will be notified of your faculty mentor in the weeks prior to the start of the program.

What is the summer research symposium?

Students will have the opportunity to present their research at a symposium hosted by the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences during the last week of the summer program. The symposium showcases your accomplishments and professional development.

What type of housing do you offer?

Participants are provided with Boston University housing in an apartment-style double room for the duration of the program. These apartments house two students, include a living(common) room, kitchen and bathroom. We do not have housing for married students or any other couple arrangements.

Should I bring a car?

We do not recommend a car. Boston is a “walkable” city and has an excellent public transportation system.

Who do I contact if I have other questions?

Please email Dr. William Cruikshank or