Office of Undergraduate Research
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Faculty Mentor Research Stars

The Faculty Mentor Research Stars program recognizes faculty members who mentor students conducting, presenting, and disseminating their research.

To qualify for the STARS program...

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 Faculty mentors are encouraged to have their mentees submit an application to the Research Distinction by fall or spring deadline.

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 After the Distinction is awarded to the student, the faculty member will be notified of their STARS award.

Faculty members do not need to submit an application to be a part of the program. Each year we recognize featured STARS Mentors through the PolyX Showcase.

How it Works

The STARS program is centered around a tier-system that recognizes faculty mentors who are actively working with student researchers. The Tiers measure how many supported Research Distinctions a STARS Mentor has championed. Learn more about the Research Distinction

See the table below for a breakdown of the tiers:

Tier # of Student Research Distinctions
1 1 - 4
2 5 - 9
3 10 - 24
4 25 - 49
5 50+
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Dr. Juanita Jellyman
Featured STARS Mentor

“Over time I have learned to modify my mentoring style for different students. I try to give confident students the space to work independently while maintaining an open-door policy so that I am available to help them as needed. If a student prefers more guidance, I try to schedule more regular meetings and check-ins so that they feel supported.” - Dr. Juanita Jellyman     

Dr. Juanita Jellyman started at Cal Poly Pomona in Fall 2016 and is currently a professor in the Biological Sciences department. She has mentored countless students throughout her undergraduate and graduate career and is excited to now be mentoring her own graduate students. She just recently became recognized as a Faculty Mentor STAR in the Spring semester of 2022.  

Learn more about Dr. Stieber and other STARS mentors
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Want to learn more?

Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research for more information.