Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions:
 
What minority groups are underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research?
For institutional awards such as MARC U-STAR, underrepresented minority students are individuals belonging to a particular ethnic or racial group that has been determined by the grantee institution to be underrepresented in biomedical or behavioral research. Nationally, individuals who have been found to be underrepresented in biomedical or behavioral research include, but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.*
 
Must I be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for a MARC U-STAR award?
Yes. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for a MARC U-STAR award. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.*
 
I am not a Hunter College matriculated student, can I be a MARC scholar at Hunter College? 
No, you must be matriculated (undergraduate) at Hunter College of CUNY.
 
I am a part time matriculated student at Hunter College, can I be a MARC scholar?
You may apply, but matriculated students must be fulltime if offered an acceptance to the MARC program.  It is required that students be matriculated fulltime for the full two years while in the MARC program.
 
I have a previous bachelor’s degree, can I be a MARC scholar?
No, if you have a previous bachelor’s degree in any major you are not eligible
 
I have less than 60 credits earned, can I be a MARC scholar?
You must have at least 60 credits at the end of the spring semester in which you apply.
 
I have one year left before completing my bachelor’s degree, can I be a MARC scholar?
No, you must have two years left in the completion of your bachelor’s degree.
 
*Question/Answer from NIH-NIGMS website