S.T.A.R. (Student Training for Advancing Research)

Student Training for Advancing Research (S.T.A.R.) is a recognition program created by the Office of Undergraduate Research. If you earn your S.T.A.R., that means you have completed a series of Undergraduate Research Workshops.

Started in Fall 2020 when many students may not have access to lab or scholarly activity participation, S.T.A.R. provides students a means to learn and take part in activities that will inform and enhance their skills for when they are able to get involved with a lab or scholarly group.

How do I Earn My S.T.A.R.?

To earn your S.T.A.R. you must complete FIVE Undergraduate Research Workshops, or a combination of 5 workshops and  online compliance trainings* during the semester, all workshops will be held via Zoom. The dates and topics can be found on our MU Engage page. Once you attend your first workshop of the semester you will be added to a Canvas page about earning your S.T.A.R.

New! Meet with a research librarian for a 30-minute consult and have it count towards your S.T.A.R.. A research consultation session gives you one-on-one time with a research librarian who can help you find sources, identify appropriate databases, and develop an efficient research strategy. Schedule an appointment using MUConnect or check this website for more information about scheduling a consultation with a librarian.

Why Would I Want to Earn My S.T.A.R.?

Earning your S.T.A.R. has many benefits! You will gain knowledge and skills that will prepare you for and enhance your skills as a student researcher. After completion you will receive acknowledgement of your achievement, a sticker as well as recognition in the Forum book; along with that we notify your academic unit of your accomplishment. It is also something you can put on your resume or LinkedIn!

Where Do I Start?

Check out the workshop schedule in MU Engage and get ready to learn! Additional information will be provided via the Canvas site, once you have attended your first event. We can’t wait for you to earn your S.T.A.R.!

*Online Compliance Trainings include:

  1. CITI Human Subjects Research Training
  2. CITI Responsible Conduct of Research
  3. Environmental Health & Safety Trainings (EHS)
  4. Animal Care and Use Training

Most of the workshops will be beneficial to all majors, there will be information that can be adapted for your own discipline. If you are unsure which trainings pertain to your major please contact us at ugr@missouri.edu and we can provide you some direction.