Frequently Asked Questions
Who should prospective IU students contact if they wish to visit campus and learn more about the STARS and IFLE Programs?
You can reach someone in the College Office of Science Outreach by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, the College of Arts and Sciences and IU Office of Admissions conduct daily information sessions between September and May for general information about IU, degree requirements, the campus, etc. Contact the Office of Admissions to arrange a visit for these sessions.
What is the status of my application?
STARS: Students will receive notification via email in February only if they have been selected as a STARS finalist. STARS finalists are expected to interview on the Bloomington campus for a full day. Should you not hear from us, but matriculate to IU, we will reconsider with a new application, statements, and completion of 1-2 semesters of college coursework.
IFLE: Students will receive notification via email in February if you are selected to participate.
When are students notified that they have been selected to participate in STARS and/or IFLE?
Invitations to participate in IFLE are emailed to students in mid-late February.
Invitations to participate in STARS are emailed in the months of late March and early April.
Who serves on the STARS and IFLE Selection Committees?
Program Directors and faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences.
What happens if a student does not receive an offer? How can a current IU undergraduate student apply?
Freshmen can apply to STARS by contacting program staff at email@example.com. We require that students complete 1-2 semesters of coursework and intend to major in one of the sciences within the College. You should make efforts to explore faculty with whom you’d like to work, interview with STARS Directors and selected faculty, and secure a faculty member’s sponsorship. STARS Directors will consider information gathered by your application, academic performance at IU, personal statements, and interviews. Freshman/Sophomore application
Do students offered STARS and/or IFLE automatically receive financial scholarships?
The College has a limited amount of scholarship funding available for directly admitted freshmen. An offer of STARS and/or IFLE does not guarantee being awarded other scholarships within the College. STARS does not presently award scholarships to students during the academic year except for travel to science-related events with your mentor or lab. Scholars are eligible for STARS’ competitive summer research scholarships pending other scholarships you may receive in the summer. IFLE offers a $1000 scholarship during the freshman year provided participants stay enrolled in H111 and H112.
Do students offered STARS and/or IFLE automatically have access to all other academic programs on the Bloomington campus?
We have cultivated relationships with many campus programs including the Wells Scholars Program and Cox Research Scholars Program. STARS scholars are open to accept other opportunities in addition to the STARS and/or IFLE research experiences.
It should be noted, however, that recipients of Cox Research Scholarships are unable to accept additional funding from another source. That does not permit a student from participating, but neither STARS nor IFLE can give you scholarship money during the academic year.
STARS and/or IFLE scholars may change or add majors and minors within the College of Arts and Sciences at any time. Other schools on campus (e.g., Kelley School of Business, Jacobs School of Music, etc.) have separate admissions requirements. Students interested in pursuing programs offered in other schools on the Bloomington campus must follow the application procedures required by each school, but must have also intend to major in the sciences within the College.
Do I have to file a FAFSA?
Students do not have to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive some scholarships from the College of Arts and Sciences. However, many scholarships are need-based awards; students who have not completed the FAFSA are not eligible for need-based scholarships, but they will still be considered for merit-based awards and those based on other criteria. STARS summer and travel scholarships, as well as IFLE scholarships are merit-based.