STaRS Experience

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 STaRS program has been cancelled. The program will resume in July 2021. Applicants for the 2020 STaRS program automatically will be considered for the 2021 program. More details to follow.

Middle and high school science teachers and community college instructors are encouraged to apply for the 2020 NIEHS Science, Teachers and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience in Research Triangle Park. STaRS is a two-week professional development (PD) program in July that is designed and conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

The goals of the PD are:

  • To enhance participants’ understanding of basic research in environmental/biomedical sciences; and
  • To enable participants to transfer knowledge received from this program into classroom applications and better serve their students, including those from underserved populations.

The program will run from Monday, July 6, to Friday, July 17 (excluding Saturday and Sunday), from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. each day. STaRS participants are expected to attend the full two-week program. Participants will conduct biomedical research investigations in laboratories and will learn from NIEHS scientists and guest speakers from local universities about various issues in biomedical and environmental sciences, such as environmental triggers of diseases, translation of basic research to clinical application, gene editing, genetically modified organisms and bioethics. In addition, teachers will use what they have learned from this PD to develop classroom projects. To offset costs associated with lodging, meals, transportation and time spent during the two-week program, participants will receive a $2,000 stipend, coordinated and disbursed by NCABR. The stipend will be provided in two equal payments, which will be disbursed each week of the program.


  • Applicants must currently teach science in a North Carolina middle school, high school or community college;
  • Applicants must be available for the full two-week program (July 6-17, excluding Saturday and Sunday); and
  • Applicants must have reliable transportation and be willing to travel to Research Triangle Park (which may include overnight stays at a hotel in Research Triangle Park on Sunday through Thursday each week).

Women and individuals of underrepresented groups are encourage to apply.

Extended Deadline: Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday March 23, 2020.