All thoughtful and scientifically trained people are called to lead at some point in their lives.
What makes learning science different at Austin College? The innovative STEM Teaching And Research (STAR) Leadership Program combines common-sense leadership studies with STEM education to produce future leaders of the scientific community. Learn how to communicate research findings, lead a team of research scientists, or enact real change.
- Austin College Lectures on Science and Leadership
- College Receives Grant for STEM Teacher Education
- Posey Leadership Institute
- National Science Foundation Supported Student Projects
What will you learn?
Meet the Faculty
Director of the STAR Leadership Program
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Dr. Richardson pioneered the leadership integration model at Austin College in 2011 and has been instrumental to the architecture of the STAR program since its inception. He is also an accomplished scientist and maintains an externally funded research program that focuses on the structure-function relationship of disease causing proteins.
Evaluator of the STAR Leadership Program
Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness
Karla has worked with the STAR Leadership Program from the beginning to develop an appropriate, holistic assessment plan to measure to what degree students exhibit the five leadership behavior competencies designated as goals for the program and to analyze the data produced.
STAR Steering Committee:
John Richardson, Director of the STAR Leadership Program, Associate Professor of Biochemistry
David Aiello, Associate Professor of Biology
David Baker, Professor of Physics
Mari Elise Ewing, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Ryan Felix, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Andrea Overbay, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
The STAR leadership program has made me a better student. I have been able to have positive learning experiences in the classroom and lab, which will help me with my collaboration skills in the future. STAR leadership has made a positive impact overall. It took some adjustment and there was a learning curve, but after… [Read More]
The STAR Leadership Program has helped me in improving my communication skills and effectively getting my ideas across to my peers. It has made me realize that successful results in labs and group work comes from having effective communication with and between my peers which allowed a comfortable setting for us to share and build on… [Read More]
I think the STAR Leadership Program has really helped me to be aware of how others may see a situation differently than me. This has helped me tremendously to become a better teammate and leader during academic group work and in life in general. The STAR Leadership program has been an invaluable experience during my undergraduate education so… [Read More]
The STAR leadership program at Austin College has definitely made me more aware of the impact I can have on others. When working in groups, I try to be an effective leader and I find this to have a positive outcome on the group. It is clear that after participating in the STAR program, group… [Read More]
While participating in the STAR Leadership Program, I have learned invaluable problem solving, leadership, and communication skills. I am now aware of my interpersonal exchanges and use these skills to work in team settings more efficiently. Apart from being an enjoyable, fun experience, the program has impacted my overall education experience at Austin College because… [Read More]
STAR leadership has caused me to think further about the consequences of my actions on other people. I cannot always control how my actions effect other people but STAR leadership has taught me that if I pay attention to the actions and words of others, can modify my own actions in order to improve my… [Read More]
The STAR Leadership Program has greatly enriched my scientific education at Austin College, especially in lab courses, by deepening my awareness of the respect, responsibility, and honesty key to successful collaboration with other students in a team. The STAR Leadership Program has been invaluable in teaching me how to collaborate towards a common scientific goal… [Read More]
Before I was introduced to the STAR leadership program, I had no idea that I was capable of being so ruthless and was surprised that poor communication and relationship-building was such a large problem in the scientific community. By teaching me these things, the STAR leadership program has changed both my outlook towards my fellow peers… [Read More]
After graduating in 2017 with a degree in Molecular Biology, I worked for one year and spent another backpacking around the globe to continue growing the sense of global citizenship I learned at Austin College. Now, I am a first year medical student (MS1), Dorman Scholar, and member of the inaugural class at the TCU… [Read More]
The STAR Leadership Program has made me aware of the ways in which I interact with my peers while working on group projects and has allowed me to improve on becoming a more efficient group member. The value of the STAR Leadership Program to my Austin College experience is that it has helped refine my… [Read More]
The biggest way in which the Program has affected me was by showing me effective ways to communicate my thoughts and ideas with the people I work with without feeling embarrassed or as if I were imposing myself on others. It made me more a part of the team. The STAR Program made going through… [Read More]
After participating in STAR Leadership activities and reflecting upon my behavior as a member of a team, I am more aware of myself and others and focused on using the skills I’ve learned to work efficiently in a team setting. The STAR Leadership program has had a profound effect on how I communicate with, support,… [Read More]
The STAR Leadership Program has shaped my behaviors in group settings and has allowed me to collaborate effectively with unique groups of people. I have more openly accepted my weaknesses and found tangible ways to work on these through the STAR program. Through the STAR Leadership Program I am able to make deeper connections with… [Read More]
STAR leadership has helped me to be more introspective about my behaviors and actions. It’s taught me to always be improving myself and trying to improve my interactions with others. The STAR leadership program gave me the tools to tackle complex problems, which is a skill I use in my education daily. Well, I am… [Read More]
The STAR Leadership Program has impacted how I interact and communicate with other people. In classes and in the future in the workforce, I will have relationships with many different kinds of people. By learning about conflict resolution and the various leadership theories, I have found techniques that have helped me when working in groups… [Read More]