Science Telementoring and Research (STaR) Program

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About the STaR Program

The STaR Program is a unique live remote mentoring and research experience incorporating bioinformatic analysis and data science methodology, and combines a year-long remote research experience with a hands-on summer research component to offer high school science scholars the opportunity to conduct an original scientific research project. More than just a remote research internship, the science curriculum developed and geared towards rising junior and senior students accepted into the STaR Program includes: opportunities to present at prestigious regional and national science competitions; collaborations with faculty who are up-and-coming leaders in their fields; tailored science workshops to deepen their knowledge; and experienced STEM Directors and coaches to provide supportive feedback that encourages a STaR scholar’s success, in line with our philosophy of building students’ experiences around their natural interests and innate intellectual strengths.

Students in the program develop several essential skills:

Deliverables for STaR Program Scholars


Read our origin story, and learn more about the Mission of the STaR Program and our Vision

Meet the Program Founders

Randolph S. Faustino, PhD, Program Founder

Randolph S. Faustino, PhD (STaR Program Founder & Scientific Director)

Claudia C. Preston, MD, Program Co-Founder

Claudia C. Preston, MD (STaR Program Co-Founder & Educational Director)