STaRS Experience

STaRS Experience

Middle and high school science teachers and community college instructors are encouraged to apply for the 2023 NIEHS Science, Teachers and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience. STaRS 2023 is a virtual one-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
  • 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 2023 STaRS Experience will be held online by NIEHS and will run Monday, July 10, 2023, to Friday, July 14, 2023, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. each day. An optional hands-on one-day session will be provided at NIEHS if pandemic conditions allow for this at that time. STaRS participants are expected to attend the full one-week program. The program will contain many interactive lessons and activities. STaRS participants will receive a $1,000 stipend to cover their time spent during the program.


  • Applicants must currently teach science in a middle school, high school or community college (Out-of-state educators are encouraged to apply); and
  • Applicants must be available and fully engaged for the full one-week program (July 10-14)

 Women and individuals of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2023.