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Current STAR Scholars

Welcome, STAR Scholars! Below, please find resources that will help guide you through your experience in the STAR Scholars Program.


Your first order of business is to research your research. You can use a variety of resources to find a STAR Mentor. The first and foremost is the Discover portal. We encourage former STAR Mentors to consistently post new positions on the website, as well as many faculty members who would be interested in becoming first-time mentors.

Research your Research

You can research the research in your discipline by visiting each college's and/or department's website to find information on specific faculty members' research areas of expertise. From here, we encourage you to contact faculty members directly to request a meeting to speak about their research interests and any open research opportunities that may be available.

Please use the Discover site to set up your one-on-one meeting with OUR staff. Instructions on how to do so are located here. If you cannot view the calendar/appointments feature in Discover, please contact us at

Expectations & Responsibilities

As a STAR Scholar, there are a few things you are expected to do to maintain good standing in the program. You must:

  • Identify a faculty mentor prior to the end of Spring Term (preferably by sometime in the middle of Spring Term). We will assist you in this process, but ultimately it is your responsibility to communicate with and secure a faculty mentor.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA throughout your freshman year. Please note: Students who fall below a 3.0 cumulative GPA at any point during the academic year will automatically be dismissed from the program.
  • Have a one-on-one meeting with a member of the OUR staff.
  • Be responsive to communication from the OUR staff. Much, if not all, of the information about STAR Scholars will be communicated through email, and it is IMPERATIVE that you respond to this communication promptly. This includes meeting deadlines for returning paperwork and scheduling meetings.