MARC U*STAR Program

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About the Program

A photo of the May 2012 graduates from the MARC USTAR program, all of whom were accepted to prestigious graduate or medical programs.The Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U*STAR) is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).

MARC U*STAR provides underrepresented students majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics or Engineering Science opportunities to complete research training and work alongside faculty mentors in the biomedical sciences. Undergraduate students participating in the MARC U*STAR program are provided with academic and research support to prepare them for Ph.D. programs in the biomedical sciences.

The program offers students numerous benefits, including academic year and summer research experiences at designated laboratories, opportunity to present at annual campus-wide symposium, attendance at scientific conference (travel related costs are paid), professional development including colloquiums, seminars, and workshops, as well as stipends ($11,400/year) and tuition assistance.

Contact

Timothy Raabe, Ph.D.
MARC U*STAR Program Director
Professor of Biology
210-431-4321

Program Goals


The MARC U*STAR program aims to produce competitive candidates for Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. graduate programs in the biomedical research field.


The MARC U*STAR program provides students, traditionally underrepresented, opportunities to gain knowledge about the field by offering workshops, seminars, and symposiums.


Students participating in the MARC U*STAR program receive the academic and research training they need to succeed in a doctoral program, including GRE preparation.


Students in the MARC U*STAR program are involved in research projects with faculty members in the biomedical research field on a year-round basis.


Eligibility

Undergraduate Research SymposiumProspective MARC U*STAR trainees should submit their applications during the spring semester. Applicants should be completing their sophomore or junior year. MARC U*STAR trainees will begin research the summer they are accepted into the program. Trainees may participate in the MARC U*STAR program for a maximum of 24 months.

MARC U*STAR Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Current full-time student pursuing a higher education degree who has completed 60 hours
  • Biomedical Sciences major: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics or Engineering science
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to pursue a doctorate (Ph.D.) or combined degree (M.D./Ph.D; D.D.S./Ph.D.) in the biomedical sciences
  • GPA requirement of 3.0

Want to Learn More?

Are you a current St. Mary’s student or a high school student interested in learning more about the MARC U*STAR program and its outstanding benefits?

Timothy Raabe, Ph.D.
MARC U*STAR Program Director
Professor of Biology
210-431-4321