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.  The 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 will begin their research experience with basic lab work, which will eventually develop into their own project.  This culminates with the MARC scholar presenting their 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.

Program offers: The MARC scholars receive the following Benefits/Opportunities:  

  • Faclty mentored research experience
  • Generous Monthly Stipend ($969)
  • Paid Tuition and Health Premiums
  • Paid Travel to National Scientific Conference
  • Summer Internship Experience
  • Academic Support
  • A Community of Peer Researchers 
  • Networking with Scientific Professionals & Graduate Recruiters
  • Application Prearation for Entry to PhD program