Research Conference

The STAR Research Conference is where STAR Fellows formally present their research findings to peers, mentors, and the broader community. Attendance is mandatory for all STAR Fellows. In addition to learning about STAR summer projects, the conference also provides an opportunity to expand everyone's professional networks, meet their counterparts from other lab sites, share their plans for the future, and participate in professional development workshops.


NASA Ames and STAR require that all attendees be registered and wear a conference badge while on the Ames grounds. Registration is available to all STAR Fellows, Workshop Leaders, Lab Site Coordinators, Research mentors, speakers, and approved guests. STAR Alumni (from any site, any year) are also encouraged to attend Saturday's events. Due to capacity and catering limitations, guest and alumni attendees must register in advance.

Registration is now closed. Please contact the STAR team via email if you wish to attend the 2017 STAR Research Conference.


STAR welcomes partners or family members to the poster sessions and/or oral presentations with advance notice, but will be unable to provide assistance with travel or other accommodations. Guests must be pre-registered prior to September 1st, 2017 and have a government issued photo ID while on the Ames campus.

Travel and Accommodation

STAR is able to provide travel and accommodation for all Fellows and Workshop Leaders, but would like to encourage and support Lab Site and Research Staff attendance wherever possible. Fellows will share hotel accommodations with another Fellow at the Residence Inn and Springhill Suites in San Jose. Workshop leaders will be in single rooms at the same hotel. 


Airfare and Transportation from the Airport to the Hotel

All airfare for the conference has been booked, and itineraries have been sent to the traveler. Please let us know if you have not received your itinerary and we will forward a copy. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle, available every 30 minutes. Upon arrival, please call the hotel at (408) 650-0590 and let them know you are in need of transport to the hotel. They will provide further directions from that point.

Schedule and Program

Friday, September 22, 2017 (optional)

  5:30pm - snacks and informal gathering time at the hotel
  6:30pm - dinner and informal gathering time at the hotel
  8:00pm - games and trivia night

Saturday, September 23, 2017

  8:00am - Conference registration
  9:00am - Welcome/program begins
  9:30am - STAR Alumni Panel
10:15am - Emphasizing Research within the CSU

10:30am - Poster session A
12:00pm - Lunch Plenary: Cassini: The Grand Finale
  1:00pm - Transition Time

  1:15pm - Short Oral presentations 
  2:15pm - Poster session B
  3:45pm - Preparing Future STEM Professionals through STAR
  4:00pm - Perspectives on STEM Education in California
  4:15pm - Program Reflections

  4:30pm - Group/Cohort photos
  5:00pm - Reception
  6:00pm - Dinner buffet
  6:30pm - Dinner plenary: New Applications for NASA Satellite Image Data

  7:30pm - Closing

Sunday, September 24, 2017
  9:00am - Welcome
  9:30am - Workshop I

10:30am - Break
10:45am - Workshop II
11:45am - Closing

Printed programs will be available at the registration desk, and electronic copies available for download on your mobile device so you can plan, which Saturday presentations and which Sunday education workshops you wish to attend. Here is a link the 2017 Conference Program.

Conference Venue - Saturday

Ames Bldg 152 Map smallThe Saturday conference venue is being generously provided by the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. All events will be held in the Kepler Science Conference II complex, Bldg 152A map is provided (left) which also shows appropriate parking areas. Driving directions to NASA Ames can be found online here

Security - All drivers may be asked to show a US driver's license to enter the Ames Main Gate. Passengers may or may not be required to show photo ID at the main gate, but a government-issued photo ID is required and may be checked during the conference depending upon security requirements at the time. If you do not have a driver's license please ensure that you have your US passport or other government-issued photo ID. Any non-US persons must contact STAR in advance to make arrangements. Every person attending must also wear their conference badge on site. It is therefore essential that all attending Lab Site Coordinators, Research Mentors, and Guests contact us so that we can ensure they have a registration badge.

Conference Venue - Sunday

Ames Bldg 152 Map smallThe Sunday conference events will be held at the 49ers Museum Presented by Sony at Levi's Stadium. A map and directions to parking are provided (left) which also shows appropriate parking areas. Driving directions to Levi's Stadium can be found online here, and light rail options from the hotel can be found here

Security - All attendees are required to wear their conference badging while on site at the 49ers Museum Presented by Sony.  

Ground Transportation

More details Our team will have shuttle vans to transport folks to/from NASA Ames on Saturday and to/from the 49ers Museum on Sunday. The drivers will be members of our staff, workshop leaders, and lab site coordinators. If you are in need of a ride to the conference venue, please meet in the hotel lobby no later than 8:15am. Vans will depart at 8:20am.


More details to be provided as they become available. There are no food-service facilities on the Ames grounds during the weekend. There are about 25 places within 3 miles (Yelp recommendations here) if you have a vehicle to depart the Ames grounds. STAR is only able to provide a limited quantity and array of food items, though vegetarian options will generally be offered. If you have specific dietary preferences or requirements, please consider bringing appropriate supplementary foods. We encourage all participants to bring their own water bottle (we support San Francisco's sustainability efforts banning plastic water bottle sales). We have allocated 1 hour for lunch and casual conversation with your peers so there is not time to leave the premises Saturday afternoon.

Internet Access

WiFi access credentials will be provided to all presenters and staff at the conferene. All presentations should be prepared to run offline and loaded onto a USB drive in case of service interruptions. 

Dress Standards

STAR conferences are professional events where dressy casual is appropriate. We will take cohort and group photos during the conference. 


Previous Conference Programs

2015 Research Conference Program
2016 Research Conference Program 
2017 Research Conference Program


Real research and engineering: Only by living it can you share it with your students.