Bright STaRS


Middle and High school students participating in after-school and summer research experiences in the Earth and space sciences are invited to participate in the AGU Bright Students Training as Research Scientists (Bright STaRS) program. The Bright STaRS program provides a dedicated forum for ~100 students to present their own research results to the scientific community and learn about exciting research, education, and career opportunities in the geosciences. This FREE program is held in conjunction with the annual AGU Fall Meeting  each year, which is attended by over 23,000 Earth and space scientists from around the globe.

Key components of the Bright STaRS program include:

  • publication of the students’ research abstract in the Fall AGU Meeting abstract database and program
  • presentation of the students’ research in a dedicated morning poster session in the AGU Fall Meeting poster hall
  • complimentary meeting badge to attend technical sessions and exhibits of the AGU Fall Meeting
  • access to the Academic Showcase, which offers information on approximately 40 institutions offering geoscience undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • luncheon with AGU leadership and student leaders
  • an afternoon shadowing program where small groups of students visit scientific sessions

Recent participants in the Bright STaRS program have included students involved with the Earth Science High School Internship Program (Stanford, CA), the California Academy of Sciences, Independent School Foundation in HongKong, Bellows Free Academy in VT, and Talbert STEM Academy from Los Angeles.

Students and program advisors who are interested in participating in this program MUST contact Dr. Jennifer Saltzman, Stanford University before July 10. Participating students will be required to submit at least one abstract (this can be a group abstract) by the Fall Meeting abstract deadline (typically in August). The student must be the lead author on the abstract and no late abstracts will be allowed.

Watch a video about our 2012 Bright STaRS program

Learn more about Bright STaRS in our Eos article