Work Study STAR Program

The Work-Study Student Training and Research (STAR) Program is designed to provide support and mentorship to work-study undergraduate students engaged in a beginning research experience. STAR Scholars will be mentored by a research faculty or staff member and paired with a peer facilitator. Students who complete program requirements will be awarded a $500 STAR Scholarship.

Students must have already submitted their FAFSA and been awarded work-study financial aid to be eligible to apply for the Work-Study STAR Program. Information about the Federal Work-Study and Texas Work-Study programs can be found at the UH Work-Study webpage hosted by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Work-Study students should review the GUIDELINES and submit the APPLICATION by September 1, 2010. [NOTE: The application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, September 8th]

Faculty and staff who are interested in serving as STAR Mentors should register for an eDISCOVERY mentor account and post your ressearch project in the database. Be sure to mark the "Work-Study" category and any other applicable categories for the posting. If you already hired a work-study research assistant, email to find out if your student is eligible for the STAR Program.

View 2009-2010 STAR Scholars, their projects, and mentors. Photo gallery from the 2009-2010 STAR Poster Session.

Questions about the STAR Program may be directed to Dr. Veronique Tran ( or Ms. Karen Weber (  The STAR program is jointly administered by the Office of Undergraduate Discovery Programs and the Office of Undergraduate Research. This program has been developed as part of the the broader Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) - the Learning through Discovery Initiative at the University of Houston.

Work-Study STAR Program