STaRS Experience

STaRS Experience

Middle and high school science teachers and community college instructors are encouraged to apply for the 2024 NIEHS Science, Teachers, and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience. STaRS 2024 is a two-week professional development program, designed and conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

The goals of the program are:

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

The 2024 STaRS Experience will be held at NIEHS in Research Triangle Park from Monday, July 8, to Friday, July 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. STaRS participants will receive a $2,000 stipend to offset costs associated with lodging, meals, transportation and time spent during the program.


  • Applicants must currently teach science in a middle school, high school or community college ;
  • Applicants must be available for the full two-week program (July 8-19, 2024 – 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 encouraged to apply.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024.

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