2023 Summer Training in Arts & Sciences Research (STAR) Program


School of Arts & Sciences

The School of Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce that student applications are being accepted for the 2023 Summer Training in Arts & Sciences Research (STAR) Award program. These fellowship stipends will support current WPI sophomores and juniors who seek to conduct A&S research projects full-time for two months during the summer of 2023, with a faculty advisor. These awards are generously funded by the A&S Advisory Board. Funding is competitive and limited.

To be funded, students must propose research projects in one of the arts & sciences disciplines (this includes all majors and programs under the A&S departments, including robotics engineering).

STAR Fellows will participate in summer professional development workshops with other WPI summer undergraduate researchers, present a poster at a summer research showcase, and conduct a presentation as part of WPI’s Fall A&S Week.


All current WPI sophomores and juniors who are pursuing a major in a department or program in the Arts & Sciences are eligible for these fellowships.

Deadline: APPLICATION SITE IS NOW CLOSED. We expect to inform students about the status of their application by the week of April 3.

Application Process:

Students should start by discussing their interests with potential faculty research mentors. Once the student has identified a research mentor and project, the student submits the following materials (PDF only please!) using the online application

  • Brief description of the research project and how this work fits into your academic plan or career goals
  • Brief personal statement on your relevant experience (including course work, independent study, or projects that show your ability to work through open-ended questions)
  • Resume
  • Letter of support from faculty mentor for the proposed research project
  • Other supporting materials (optional, PDF only).
  • The brief descriptions of the proposed research project and the applicant’s relevant experience should each be limited to 500 words or fewer.

    Award Details and Stipend:
  • This is a full-time appointment for two months (students will negotiate start and end dates with their mentor).
  • The stipend is $5000 total: $2500 paid at the end of June; $2500 paid at the end of July.

    Questions?  Please contact Rebecca Ouellette in the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences at raouellette@wpi.edu.