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Welcome to STARS

STARS 2024 Applications Info

  • Priority Deadline: February 9, 2024 12 PM PST
  • Rolling applications until all vacancies filled

**STARS Applicants should double check that they completed the correct application by clicking on the yellow button called "STARS Application" **

STARS Application Information and FAQ: click here

Questions or application issues should be directed to urstars@ucsd.edu

STARS Application Open!

STARS 2024 Important Application Information 

**Faculty Mentor Matching Process**

Applications will require that students select 3 UC San Diego faculty of interest for the summer and provide a paragraph as to why you are interested in those faculty mentors. Applicants should provide 3 faculty of interest, talk about how their research interests align to the faculty, and how they meet any skillsets/prereqs/considerations if listed. Faculty Mentor information may be found at STARS 2024 - Research Project Descriptions. To explore additional UC San Diego Faculty Research and Graduate Programs, please see UC San Diego Degree Programs . Applicants may request to match with non-UCSD STARS Faculty mentors in the written application.

We kindly ask that you DO NOT contact UC San Diego faculty. Upon review and possible acceptance to the STARS program, our program staff will contact you to confirm a faculty mentor upon your confirmation to attend our program.  For questions please contact urstars@ucsd.edu or starsdirector@ucsd.edu

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Begin Your STARS Application

Getting the STARS Application Started

Please note the STARS Application shares the Graduate Admissions Application Platform. Please disregard the notes on the page that state, "UC San Diego Graduate Application Management" and "The application for the Fall 2025 admission cycle is now active. If you cannot find the program you want to apply for, please contact your department of interest directly to confirm availability. If you experience any issues with the application during this time, please send an email describing the problem to gradadmissions." Please do not contact gradadmissions. Any questions or issues you may have should be directed to urstars@ucsd.edu.

Please scroll down to the page to where is says "First-time users" so that you can

  1. Create Your Account
  2. Register Your Account
  3. Activate Your Account (by receiving an email with a Pin)
  4. Then you can begin your STARS Application

If you do not finish your application you can log in at a later date as a "Returning User". You can also check on whether your recommenders have submitted their letters and the status of your application when you log in as a "Returning User".

Creating your STARS Application

Please follow these instructions to create your STARS application. We will provide step-by-step and some images to demonstrate how to get your STARS application ready. 

  1. Follow our STARS application link by clicking our application button: STARS Applications Opened!
  2. A new window will appear. You will click Create an account 
  3. You will need fill in your name, email, and birthday and submit. 
    1. remember what email you choose because you will be sent a pin to verify your information upon submiting this information. The STARS program will also use this email for a possible grad program application fee waiver if you successfully complete the STARS program. Tip: we suggest using a gmail email. 
  4. You will receive an email from Graduate Admissions with a pin number
  5. Provide the pin number to complete your account.
  6. Once verified, a new option will appear in the window to Create an application
  7. A small window will pop-up indicating STARS application. Click STARS .
  8. You will then be able to begin the STARS application. 
Make sure to always save changes. If you do not finish your application you can log in at a later date as a "Returning User" using the same email and password you used to create the application.

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. AB 540 or DACA students are eligible

Application Schedule

  • February 9, 2024: STARS Application Priority Deadline
    • STARS will have a rolling acceptance until vacancies are filled
  • February 9, 2024: Letters of Recommendations Deadline
    • You can add who your Letters of Recommendations will come from in the STARS Application portal once you create your application profile and before you submit your application. We recommend you add your recommenders as soon as possible. They will receive an email and submission instructions once you add them to the application portal.
    • You can track whether your recommenders have submitted your recommendations in the application portal before and after you submit your application.
  • April 30, 2024: Students will be notified about their status in the program

For questions or additional information please click here, email urstars@ucsd.edu.

When is the Application Deadline?

  • STARS Application Priority Deadline: February 9, 2024
  • Rolling admissions until all vacancies filled

 

 

When is the Letter of Recommendation Deadline?

Letters of Recommendations Deadline: February 9, 2024
  • You can add who your Letters of Recommendations will come from in the STARS Application portal once you create your application profile and before you submit your application. We recommend you add your recommenders as soon as possible. They will receive an email and submission instructions once you add them to the application portal.
  • You can track whether your recommenders have submitted your recommendations in the application portal before and after you submit your application.
  • Letters of Recommendation may be submitted no later than a week after the applicant has submitted their STARS application. 

When will I be notified about my application status?

Students will be notified about their status in the program by April 30, 2024.


For questions or additional information please click here, or email urstars@ucsd.edu.