MARC U-STAR: Maximizing Access to Research Careers---Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research



As we proceed to the 21's century, we face a world dependent upon science and technology to solve health and life quality problems of increasing complexity.  Thus, there is a need for biomedical scientists trained in psychological, biological and physical science fields.  In order to best serve our country, it is important that these new scientists reflect the changing demographics of our nation.  The NIH MARC U-STAR program addresses this need by preparing students underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences for highly selective PhD training and future careers. 
Program Summary:
Established in 1980, the Hunter College MARC U-STAR program has been assisting with the scientific and professional development of undergraduates who aspire to obtain a Ph.D. degree in the sciences.  MARC scholars must have at least 60 credits and commit to the program for 24 months.  A MARC scholar is paired with a Hunter faculty researcher whose field of research matches the scholar's interests.  The MARC program has an abundance of participating faculty researchers with specializations varying from Cell and Molecular Biology, Cell Physiology, Biochemistry, Biochemistry, Behavioral Neurobiology, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioinformatics.  Once placed in a lab, the MARC scholar begins his/her research experience with basic lab work, which will eventually develop into his/her own project.  This culminates with the MARC scholar presenting his/her work at local and national conferences.  This research experience, coupled with an array of other benefits and opportunities, prepares the MARC scholar for entry into PhD programs.


MARC scholars receive preparation for entry to PhD programs and the following Benefits/Opportunities: 

Scientific Research Training & Mentoring

Attend Conferences / Present Your Research

Attend an External Summer Research Internship

Network with Scientists & Graduate Recruiters

A Community of Peer Researchers

Academic Support 

​Paid National ABRCMS Conference

​Generous Stipend ($1,070 per month) & Tuition Assistance