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The AI Scholars program provides college students in computing, informatics, and data science degree programs with opportunities to learn about AI, engage in projects for teaching K12 students about AI, and develop their leadership skills in broaden participation of historically excluded groups in AI.


The AI Scholars program activities are supported by the STARS Computing Corps, an national alliance of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to broadening participation of historically excluded groups in computing. STARS AI Scholars who complete the program requirements will be eligible for a stipend of up to $1000 and to apply for a travel scholarship to attend a conference once their leadership/outreach project has been completed. In this program, STARS AI Scholars will:

  • learn about foundational AI concepts
  • interact with national leaders in AI research
  • participate in K12 outreach training
  • get access to resources to conduct K12 outreach
  • conduct a K12 outreach project focused on AI
  • be eligible to receive travel support to attend a conference to present the results of their AI K12 outreach project
  • receive a stipend


To complete the program & receive a $1000 stipend, AI Scholars will:

  • Attend AI Scholars Webinars
    6 of 8 webinars during the 2023-2024 program, topics include:

    • Foundational concepts of AI
    • Emerging AI research (featuring INVITE researchers)
    • Best practices for broadening participation of historically excluded groups in computing and AI
    • Instruction on how to lead AI-focused K12 outreach to broaden participation in computing
  • Plan K12 Outreach Project
    • STARS helps you to find resources & understand best practices
    • Submit proposal for project
  • Conduct K12 Outreach Project
    • STARS helps you to plug in to opportunities to conduct outreach activity
  • Submit K12 Outreach Project Data Sheet & Reflection
    • STARS provides data tools & templates


To be eligible you must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program related to a computing discipline (including, but not limited to: computer science, information science, data science, computer science education, STEM education) throughout the duration of the program.

Applications for the 2023-2024 STARS AI Scholars Program have closed. In partnership with the EngageAI institute, 24 students from across the US are currently engaging in the AI Scholars program. We’re looking forward to sharing the results of their learning experiences and their efforts to lead AI-focused K12 outreach projects to broaden participation in AI.

The application for the 2024-2025 academic year program will open in Summer 2024.