S.T.A.R. Lab

STAR Labs Open House

The University of Arizona College of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) Department and Southern Arizona Research Science and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) have partnered to open the S.T.A.R. Outreach Lab in BioSciences West 145 and 149.  S.T.A.R. stands for Students Taking Advantage of Research but is also a shout out to a lab in DC comics where The Flash was created!

High school students from across Pima County come to the lab Monday-Thursday from 3:30-6:30 to work on research projects that will eventually be presented at the SARSEF Science and Engineering Fair (March 11, 2020). 

Dr. Margaret Wilch, SARSEF Director of  Research, and Dr. Nadja Anderson, BIOTECH Project Director, will be present to oversee the daily work of all S.T.A.R. Lab students.

Each High School student has a Research Mentor (a P.I., Postdoc, graduate student or senior undergraduate) who is supporting them in defining and designing their research project.  Research Mentors are from departments all over campus, thus far from eight departments and three colleges.

In addition, the S.T.A.R. Lab has Lab Mentors who work the high school student to offer support in the S.T.A.R. Lab and helps students with the day to day basic lab techniques such as DNA extraction, PCR, microbiology, culturing and quantification of microbes, as well as record keeping and documentation of research. 

The new STAR lab is located in BioSciences West building at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Joyce Schroeder, MCB Department Head, shares some info about S.T.A.R. lab!


Hear students talk about their S.T.A.R. Lab projects!


S.T.A.R. Lab in the news!

If you are a high school student interested in participating, or are a University of Arizona student interested in mentoring, contact Dr. Wilch or Dr. Anderson.

Dr. Nadja Anderson   (520) 626-4664

Dr. Margaret Wilch  (520) 626-4664