STEM TAlented Research (STAR) Summer Camp at Marshall University for Talented High School students

Marshall University invites talented high school students to immerse themselves in college credit-bearing summer research camp to dive deep into university-level STEM research subject working with prominent faculty researchers and their research team discovering new knowledge.
Advanced high school students choose certain research projects to join the research team at Marshall and selected students will work on a specific research topic to explore the field of interest in small groups gaining cutting-edge university-level research experience while earning four transferable college credits over the course of four-week STAR Summer Camp.

Dates: June 5 – July 1, 2022 (4 weeks)

Location: Weisberg Applied Engineering Complex (WAEC). Required residence in a college dorm (Twin Towers) with a meal plan.

Cost: $1,500 ($750 for commuter) with a deposit of $200 at the acceptance to the camp. Full scholarship provided for applicants in financial need.

Benefits of the Summer Research Camp:

  • Explore interest areas in STEM through a unique research experience at the camp, fully funded by scholarship for qualified students.
  • Build lasting relationships with faculty, college students, and like-minded peers through intense research and variety of social activities. Some selected students will continue the research throughout the following years at their high school after summer camp under faculty mentorship.
  • Participate in seminars and workshops to bolster research skills, professional and life skills and successfully navigate the college admissions process, higher education opportunities, and your career path.
  • Jumpstart college education by taking college credit bearing summer camp and college courses in following years.

Area of Research Interest:

Read the description of research projects below. For the details of the project, please click the title of the project. You may select two research topics of your most interest (top choice, alternative choice):

Archer’s Paradox
Professor: Dr. Arka Chattopadhyay, Civil Engineering
Aims:Flexing of the arrow released from a long bow prevents it from traveling straight to the target. How does an archer achieve accuracy? Let’s simulate it and solve the problem.
Grade: 9-12 (some mathematic background)



Say “NO” to Bullying in Virtual Reality (VR)
Professor: Dr. Tanvir Irfan Chowdhury, Computer Science
Aims: Let’s prevent bullying at school by creating anti-bulling simulation with the help of Virtual Reality.
Grade: 9 – 12 (Programming Language Knowledge, not required but preferred)



Security and Privacy in the Age of Drones
Professor: Dr. Cong Pu, Computer Science
Aims:Develop a lightweight authentication and key agreement protocol for drones.
Grade: 10-12 (Programming and Mathematics Knowledge)



Control of Surgical Robot Arms
Professor: Dr. Yousef Sardahi, Mechanical Engineering
Aims: Control the motion of the surgical arms by developing an expert control algorithm with simple if-then statements.
Grade: 9 – 12 (Programming Language Knowledge required)



Fabrication for Medical Applications
Professor: Dr. Roozbeh (Ross) Salary, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
Aim: The aim of the project is to identity significant design and manufacturing factors that lead to fabrication of bone scaffolds with optimal functional properties.
Grade:12 (mathematics, physics, and programming)



Eligibility to Apply

  • Open to qualified students in the 10th and 11th grades (9th or 12th grade applicants considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA

Eligibility for Scholarship

  • This camp offers financial assistance to students from low-income families who cannot afford the full cost of camp and meets the guidelines set by Marshall University. Please fill out the additional scholarship application form.

Application Instruction

Complete and submit the following items to or apply online.

  1. Completed the application form (online at and optional financial application form (online at attached.
  2. A personal essay of 250 – 300 words describing why you should be chosen and why you intend to pursue an education in STEM after high school.
  3. Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a teacher who knows you well and can assess your potential for success in STEM, which should be emailed directly to (online at from recommenders.
  4. Final candidates must be present for a personal interview (in person or remotely) with the scholarship committee. You will be contacted via email to set up an interview so please check the email you have provided in this application regularly.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the STAR Summer Camp, please contact Ms. Dawn Rayburn at


  1. STAR Application form
  2. STAR Recommendation form
  3. STAR Scholarship application form


Contact Information

Do you have a question or comment? Please send us an email to

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