CS Student Ambassadors/Research Scholars- Application Information

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Program Dates/Location

CS STARS will run each academic year beginning with the 2021-22 year. Program activities will take place on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

Undergraduate Research Appointments

CS STARS will be appointed to undergraduate hourly positions with a rate determined by experience according to departmental guidelines. The CS STARS Course will be included as part of each participant's 10-hour appointment.

Application Information


  • Applications open on February 15
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Priority deadline: May 5

Application Materials

The CS STARS application is designed to give a holistic view of each applicant's personal, academic, leadership, and research history/interests. The following materials provide this information:

  • 300-500 word Personal Statement: a 300-500 word statement of interest describing your interest in CS STARS and why your background and experiences would benefit you in this role. This statement should include discussion of your interests in broadening participation in computing or diversity and inclusion work.
  • 300-500 word Research Statement: describes any prior research experiences you may have had (not required) and what research topics you would like to pursue while in CS STARS. 
  • 100-200 word Leadership and Mentorship Statement:  describes any leadership or mentorship experience you have and how you facilitated a welcoming and inclusive environment as part of your work in this role. 
  • Name and Email Address for One Reference: Applicants will need to upload this into their application. Reference letters will be requested on behalf of the applicant through our application portal. Applicants do NOT need to upload their letters or have references email a letter to the program.
  • GPA: University of Illinois Students should provide their current UIUC GPA. Incoming students should provide the High School GPA. Other application materials (application statements, CV) will provide the necessary context for your GPA. 
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Faculty/Research Areas: To explore faculty/research projects with whom you would like to engage, please visit our Illinois CS Research page to learn more about potential faculty mentors/projects.

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