STAR Conditions & Expectations

Application Receipt Date: FEBRUARY 8, 2021 by 11:59 pm PST

Summer fellowships for the 2021 STAR Program are expected to be approximately $6,000. The entire award will be allocated directly to the recipients as a living stipend only. External fellowships and disbursements are subject to policies governing the funding agency.

Please review the 2021 STAR Program Calendar for important dates and events, as many events/classes are required for the program. Many of the presentations this summer will take place online, or via Zoom/Canvas. Please watch your email for updates!

Submission of a STAR Program application indicates that a successful applicant agrees to all of the following “Conditions of Award:”

  • Students are expected to commit full time effort to their project for the entire period of the award. Other activities cannot conflict or otherwise interfere with the ability of the student to participate full time in their research project. This includes any volunteer or paid positions.
  • Students are expected to conduct research full time for a 10 week period within these dates: June 1st - August 6th, 2021. Any absence must be discussed with your mentor and Dr. Pessah.
  • Research proposed must comply with Research Ramp-up Phase 2.x guidance in effect as of October 30, 2020 (please review with your mentor) at time of application submission.
  • Students who propose research projects requiring international travel in summer 2021, will be subject to international travel restrictions and UC Davis guidance limiting international travel at that time.
  • Mandatory attendance at and participation in the 2021 Laboratory Practices Orientation, Saturday, May 15th, 2021. Exemptions will be allowed only if the student has previously participated in the STAR program and has completed the Laboratory Practices Orientation.
    • 2021 STAR Orientation Schedule (.pdf) - Coming soon!
  • If a student receives STAR award funding and also funding for another project to be conducted during the summer, the student can either accept the STAR award and turn down the other funded award, or vice versa...the student cannot accept STAR funding if they already have received funding for the same project during the summer (or for a different project during the same summer). 
  • Students that accept funding and commit to the STAR program are expected to fully complete their obligations. At the discretion of the STAR Director, if a student is unable to complete all of the STAR requirements, all STAR funding received must be returned to the STAR program (student illness or unforeseen family emergencies will be considered on an individual basis). 
  • ALL students are required to complete a poster and present it at the end of summer STARs in Science poster presentation event usually held the Friday of the second week of Fall semester.
  • Students must be aware that individual funding sources that support the STAR Program come with their own criteria for presentation of research findings (e.g., poster, oral presentation, attendance at a national conference/meeting, etc.).
  • Submit a one page written summary describing the research you performed, including hypothesis, methods used, results and conclusions, during the STAR Program no later than September 3rd, 2021. This summary should be sent as an e-mail attachment in Word format to svmstarprogram@ucdavis.edu.
  • Acknowledge STAR Program funding support in any publications resulting from the research project. All STAR related posters, talks and subsequent publishings must acknowledge the UC Davis STAR program and fund source. An example of how to acknowledge funding is "Financial support was provided by the Students Training in Advanced Research (STAR) Program through a UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Endowment Fund (or Morris, BVI, NIH, etc.).  Students funded by the NIH T35 grant will need to include the NIH grant number as well.
  • Students that were not able to perform their project in 2020 due to limitations invoked by the pandemic and wish to pursue the same project in 2021 may resubmit the same specific aims and proposal they submitted last year, clearly indicating their intention at the beginning of their application. Their mentor should provide a brief statement in their letter of support that they have agreed to sponsor the same project in 2021 that could not be performed in 2020.