Student Guidelines

Weekly Hours: You will need to work a minimum of 10 hours per week during the academic year and 35 hours per week during the summer. You must record the time spent in the lab and as a peer mentor or tutor on the time sheet provided by the program. You MUST submit your time sheet to the STARS office in a timely manner, according to the established schedule.

Compensation: Your compensation depends on your classification and it is tax-free. You will be paid periodically throughout the academic year/summer. Some of your stipend is linked to mandatory presentations. You may be terminated at any time due to poor performance. If you miss any mandatory activity your stipend will be reduced. There are limitations in your stipend due to financial aid requirements. We will assist you in determining your eligibility. You may not receive compensation from two sources for the same activity. You will be requested to return your stipend if we determine that you have done so.

Mandatory Meetings & Activities: A calendar will be distributed concerning all mandatory meetings and activities. Check your e-mail often for updates.

Final Report: At the end of the STARS Research Program, you will prepare an oral presentation highlighting your research work and results. You must also write a final report (see report guidelines). NSU students must present their results at the Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Peer Mentoring: All STARS interns are required to be peer mentors to other majors in their disciplines, and should be available for tutoring appointments at least 1 hour per week. This hour can be included in the mandatory 10 hours.

Faculty Research Advisor and Student Assessment: At the end of the program, your faculty research advisor will have an opportunity to evaluate your performance and vice versa. Evaluation forms will be provided.

Faculty Research Advisor: Your faculty research advisor has volunteered her/his time to advance your professional training. You should show your appreciation by assisting your faculty research advisor as much as possible and applying yourself to your work.

Other things to remember: Since most of your work will be done without significant supervision, you are responsible for setting and reaching goals and milestones. It can be very helpful to keep a log of what you do on your project. This effort can be a guide so that you can best utilize your time and discover where your difficulties lie. The STARS program only provides funds for your stipend. No other costs can be supported through the project's budget.

Resolving Problems: Your mentor will assist you with your research. If you have problems unrelated to your research during the internship period, you may contact

Valencia Ingram
Information Technology Specialist II
RTC 100-B
(757) 823-2694


Zenora Spellman
Information Technology Specialist II
RTC 100-A
(757) 823-2889