Welcome to STARS

STARS is an acronym for Students & Technology in Academia, Research & Service.  The mission of this Alliance is to increase the participation of women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities in computing disciplines through multi-faceted interventions. The interventions focus on the influx and progression of students from middle school through graduate school in programs that lead to computing careers. The Alliance is organized as a national constellation of regional stars that include research universities, minority and women's universities and colleges, K-12 educators, industry, professional organizations, and community groups. Stars implement "best practices" interventions with an integrated focus to meet the following objectives:

  • Recruit and retain under-represented populations in post-secondary computing programs and increase awareness of computing disciplines and careers. Bridge student readiness for computing and increase the number of undergraduates who enter computing graduate school or the workforce.
  • Advance assistant professors by increasing faculty peer and mentor support for research, teaching, and managing service.
  • Sustain and institutionalize effective Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) practices at alliance institutions.
  • Disseminate and increase national awareness of effective BPC practices.

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