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Dear applicants,

We are currently in the tenth year of our NIH-funded Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U STAR) award. We are inviting students to apply for the 2018-2019 period.

As such we have activated our application. All materials should be submitted electronically (including unofficial transcripts and letters of support), and the goal of research placement in labs on June 4.

Please download the application form and faculty recommendation request here.

2017 MARC U STAR Application

2018 MARC U STAR Faculty Recommendation Form

Please note:  MARC is a year-round research training program, with students preparing for doctoral (Ph.D.) education.

There are several absolutes that a student must fulfill to be eligible for consideration for these programs:

Requirements include:

___Desire to pursue Doctoral (Ph.D.) education and a willingness to work hard
___NOT planning to pursue a professional degree (MD, DPharm, DDS etc)
___US Citizen or Permanent resident
___Majoring should prepare for  biomedical or behaviorally oriented PhD program
___Full time Jr/Sr level student at start date;
___Meet or exceed GPA requirements: MARC – 3.2 GPA
___Able to commit to 15 h research work in Fall/Spring, 40 h in summer
___Maintain a full time status each semster (minimum 12 credit hours)
___Committed to complete all required courses, workshops, seminars and meetings and attend a conference
___Attend all Friday afternooon weekly MARC meetings
___Will apply to at least 5 doctoral programs or PREP programs before graduation
___Commitment to community issues

AND Described by one or both of the following:

A member of a group that is underrepresented in the sciences

__Hispanic or Latino
__ African-American/Black
__ Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
__ Native American/Alaskan


Have Exceptional Financial Need (EFN) or family income as described:

AND BE First generation (parents and siblings) to earn a Bachelor’s degree