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STEM Through Authentic Research Training

The UK START Program works towards the recruitment and retention of first generation and underrepresented populations in STEM by providing year-round research opportunities and professional development activities for high school students and teachers on the University of Kentucky campus. 

Authentic Research Experience for Students

Students in the START Program participate in authentic research experiences at the University of Kentucky. These experiences provide students real-world application to their P-12 education while developing additional skills (academic, mentorship and social integration, professionalism) that will be useful for future STEM undergraduate studies and careers.

Learn more about how to get involved with the START program.


The START Program Pipeline

The START Program is specifically designed to create a seamless transition for underrepresented students from elementary school through graduate school into STEM majors and careers.

This project was made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), Grant Number R25 GM132961, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIGMS or NIH.