STaR Program: Meeting Updates, Applications, and Support

The Service, Teaching and Research (STaR) Program 2021 Cohort will hold a Virtual Summer Institute June 21-25, and then the 24 fellows will meet in-person in Park City, Utah for a 3-day Summer Institute June 25-28, 2022.

During summer of 2020, the selected STaR Fellows engaged in a shorter, virtual version of the traditional program. Although the structure of the retreat was unique, members were still able to meet with their Research and Teaching Interest Groups (RiGs and TiGs). Members also had the opportunity to participate in Manuscript Review Groups. Presentations on Service, Teaching, and Research were replaced by small group discussions about resources and experiences (such as a reading or a podcast) that were transformative to their thinking and/or practice as a teacher educator or researcher. During the AMTE 2021 Annual Conference, 2020 STaR Fellows participated in two short Zoom meetings where they met with their RiGs and TiGS. Due to the abbreviated 2020 programming, members will meet virtually for a conference-style follow-up on June 17 and 18, 2021. During this time, they will meet with their TiGs and RiGs and attend sessions related to particular Fireside Chat topics STaR Fellows suggested and/or ones that have been really popular in the past.

The STaR program is open to faculty members at U.S. institutions who are in their first or second year of an appointment at the time of application. The program provides an opportunity for early career faculty members to develop a network of peers and to interact with more experienced colleagues around issues of service, teaching, and research. Please encourage eligible mathematics education faculty members to learn more. Program and application information can be found on the AMTE website.

The STaR program is sponsored by AMTE, with funding provided through two main sources:

  • The generous support of various professional organizations (including AMTE, AMTE state affiliates, NCTM, SIG/RME, PME-NA, ASA, CPM and CMP) and private individuals. These funds are used to provide STaR Fellows with lodging and some meals.
  • The support of STaR fellows’ home institutions. These funds support transportation to and from Park City, some meals, and expenses associated with attending a follow-up meeting prior to AMTE in 2020. Institutional expenses are estimated at $1500.

The STaR program has supported 11 cohorts since 2010, and thus far has worked with 375 early career mathematics educators. STaR Fellows come out of more than 100 different doctoral programs and hold positions at close to 200 different institutions of higher education. These STaR Fellows and the Co-Directors, Maria Fernandez (email:, Marta Civil, and Beth Herbel-Eisenmann are happy to answer questions from prospective applicants.

The STaR program is dependent on donations to ensure the future of this vibrant program. Of significance is the fact that over half of past STaR Fellows have contributed to the AMTE STaR fund. PLEASE consider giving $25, $50, $100 or more. Visit the STaR Fellows Donation Page for information on how to donate to the STaR Program.