Starr Student Research Grant Program

A research grant program for Iowa middle and high school students.
Research projects may be from any scientific discipline.

Frank Starr

Frank Starr

Starr Student Research Grants funding comes from the Frank Starr Memorial IJAS Grant Fund established by IAS Member Frank Starr. Funding is also provided by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium, and the Iowa Academy of Science.  Grant money from other sources is made available at the discretion of the IAS Board of Directors and the Student Programs Committee of the Academy. 

Students must be members of the Iowa Junior Academy of Science either through a school membership or an individual membership to apply for funding. Memberships by home school organizations or individuals are welcome.  

Scientists must be effective communicators in order to communicate their science at conferences, publish in a peer review journal, or provide valuable information to non-scientists. The Iowa Junior Academy of Science helps students become well-rounded scientists and citizens by improving their writing, science, and math skills and to develop and present their research.

The program encourages 7th to 12th grade students to become funded scientists, experience the grant writing process, and present their research projects at science fairs and the Iowa Academy of Science Annual Meeting. An important part of the program is the feedback provided to students by Iowa scientists and science educators.  

Projects eligible for funding are those which will be presented at one of the science fairs listed in the Online STARR Manual and/or at the Iowa Academy of Science Annual Meeting by an individual or pair of students in 7th to 12th grade.  Grant awards of up to $20.00 to $200.00 are offered to qualifying proposals. Grants funds are mailed after the student has presented their project and provided verification to the Iowa Academy of Science.  The quality of the grant, the number of proposals received, and the amount of money available determines the amount of a grant award.   

The Join button links to the Iowa Academy of Science Registration and Membership website.