The Computational and Data Science (CDS) STARS are undergraduate Student Teaching Assistants and academic stars in their own right. This peer-mentoring program is one unique to the CDS department. STARS are undergrads who excel in CDS minor courses such as CDS 101, CDS 130 or CDS 230. They attend classes to assist with hands-on work and help students with whatever they struggle with via multiple channels. They also hold office hours.
The STARS receive special training from CDS faculty and the experienced, lead STARS. What makes them so special and valuable is their skill level and their passion for assisting their fellow CDS students succeed.
Here are some quotes from students who benefited by this invaluable resource...
- “Working with STARS was like working with classmates, except they helped a lot and answered all my questions, even if they were really stupid ones.”
- “Having the STAR student help with this course was awesome and made this one of my best classes!”
- “The STAR student always helped me and tried to make sure I understood everything, which was very helpful”.
- “Having a STAR in class was the most helpful thing ever!”