STARS Program

Frequently Asked Questions


How many STARS students are there?

Currently we accept about four students per class, making a total of about a dozen STARS.

Do I have to be in the Honors College to be in the program?

Many STARS students will be enrolled in the Honors College, but it's not required. The choice is entirely yours.

How will I be evaluated once I'm in STARS?

Each spring a faculty committee will meet with you one-on-one to discuss your studies and research experiences.

What happens if I'm accepted into STARS but later change my major to subjects outside the program?

We hope STARS students will remain within the School of Molecular Biosciences or the Program in Neuroscience, but students are free at any time to change majors, to end their participation in STARS, or to leave WSU. You would have no obligation to repay any money received if you leave the program.

Will I have time for varsity athletics or major social or volunteer commitments?

A few people can excel in many different pursuits at the same time. But there are only 24 hours in the day and most STARS students will be quite fully occupied by their studies and their research laboratory experiences.

How can I explain to my friends or family what STARS is about?

Explain that STARS is an elite program at WSU that gives students an Ivy League-caliber education in the life sciences. It's an excellent opportunity because the program offers a substantial boost in pursuing a top-notch scientific education.

What's the atmosphere like at WSU for multi-cultural students?

WSU has a wide array of organizations and programs for a great diversity of students. More information is available from the office of Multicultural Student Services.

How can I get a tour of WSU and the School of Molecular Biosciences and/or Program in Neuroscience?

Please do visit us! For a tour of our cutting-edge research laboratories and support facilities, contact Brooke Wolf at or (509) 335-1276 for the School of Molecular Biosciences, or Samantha Gizerian at or (509) 335-0986 for the Program in Neuroscience.

For general tours of campus, contact the Office of Visitation at 888-GO-TO-WSU (888-468-6978) or sign up on line at

What is it like living in Pullman?

Pullman is a small town with a major research university at its core. The town revolves around the campus community and university activities.

Click here to get a sense of student life at WSU.

I have other questions about the academics of the STARS program. Who can address them?

Contact STARS Coordinator Carolyn Emerson-Farr at (509) 335-2473 or via email at

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