2010 STAR Fellow Kaitlyn Fietchner working on fiberoptics at Dryden Flight Research Center



Research Lab Sites

At the core of every STAR Fellow's experience are the outstanding Research Mentors and laboratory staff at our Lab Site Partner facilities. Without them, this program simply wouldn't be possible. We thank them for their involvement and ask every applicant to carefully research participating lab sites.

STAR Applicants are asked to rank the lab sites in order of preference, so please take the time to learn about the kinds of research opportunities available at each site. It will certainly help if you are invited to an interview! Applicant preferences guide the selection process, but they do not guarantee placement at any particular site. STAR Fellows participate in cutting-edge projects which address active research questions at each site. Because research moves at such a fast pace, it is usually not possible to know what those projects are in advance! You must be open to research opportunities in broad fields related to each facilities' work and be willing to gain new skills as you pursue projects guided by research mentors, post docs, and lab staff. It's guaranteed to be a challenge.

BEFORE submitting your application, we recommend that you:

  1. Visit each lab site’s brief description on this site (links on the left) and continue your research at the webpages of those sites that interest you. Pay particular attention to any special challenges (e.g. housing, transportation, etc.) each lab site may present.
  2. Review last year's STAR Fellow research posters at your top sites on the Cal Poly Digital Commons
  3. Our partner lab site listing changes reguarly. While many research mentors host STAR Fellows every year, we cannot guarantee their involvement in advance. We may even add new sites after the applications open as projects become available. Keep an eye on this website before the application deadline closes and contact us if your preferences change.