Minority Access to Research Careers (M.A.R.C) Undergraduate Training in Academic Research-(U*STAR)

San Jose State University
San Jose, CA.
Type Academic Year Program, Basic Science Research, Health Disparities, Test Preparation


The SJSU Department of Biological Sciences is the host to the SJSU MARC U*STAR Program. The Director of the Program is Dr. Cleber Ouverney.

MARC U*STAR Programs  are sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a branch of the National Institute of Health (NIH)  to provide support for undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Psychology and Biomedical Engineering) to improve their preparation for high-caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. level. Institutions with significant enrollments of college students from underrepresented groups may be eligible to apply.


All applicants must be US Citizens or legal residents.  Applicants must also be registered, full-time undergraduate students at SJSU majoring in Sciences, Psychology or Engineering with an interest in the biomedical fields.  Community college transfers to SJSU can apply prior to starting at SJSU.

Students who apply to be selected as MARC Trainees must be honors students (3.0 GPA or better) who have expressed interest in pursuing postgraduate education leading to the Ph.D., or M.D.-Ph.D. (but NOT only an M.D.).

Under NIGMS guidelines, priority is given to applicants of the following ethnicities who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences:

  • African America
  • Latina/Latino
  • Native American
  • Native Pacific Islander

The period of appointment to the MARC U-STAR program is a consecutive 24-month period at the final 2 years of undergraduate training, the junior and senior years.

More Information


Cleber Ouverney, Ph.D.
Program Director SJSU MARC U*STAR
Department of Biological Sciences
San Jose’ State University
One Washington Square
San Jose’, CA 95192-0100
Office: DH439 (Duncan Hall)
Phone: 408-924-4806
Email: cleber.ouverney@sjsu.edu