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

University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA.
Type Basic Science Research, Test Preparation, Academic Year Program, Health Disparities


The MARC U*Star Program is an NIH funded honors program intended to prepare highly able minority students for graduate programs at outstanding universities throughout the United States. The MARC U*Star Program pays partial tuition and provides students with stipends to undertake research projects in UCLA faculty laboratories during the academic year. Students are also funded to participate in laboratory research at other universities during the summer. Trainees are encouraged to give oral and poster presentations of their research at local and national conferences. Trainees also receive special mentoring and preparation via counseling, journal clubs, workshops and honors courses. MARC trainees are expected to engage in research during their 2 year appointment to the program. Trainees are required to be in their labs for an average of 15 hours per week during the academic year and 40 hours for 10 weeks during the summer. Students are encouraged to do research at another campus at least one summer. Trainees must also take a course in Research Ethics and Responsibility, the GRE exam, and 16 units of honors credit.


A UCLA minority undergraduate majoring in a basic biological science major such as biology, MIMG, MCDB, Biochemistry, PhySci or psychobiology is eligible to apply. Students must also have a strong desire to pursue a career in basic research in a biomedical field and a sincere willingness to participate in all MARC U*STAR Program activities. The applicant must be a member of a historically under-represented  racial or ethnic group such as American Indians/Native Alaskans/Aleuts, African Americans, Mexican Americans/Chicano(a)s, Latino(a)s and Native Polynesians (Hawaiians, Samoans, Guamanians). You must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Applicants should have attained Junior standing (completed 90 or more units) at the time that they are to begin as MARC trainees. The applicant must have a 3.0 GPA at the time of application.

Please contact the program administrator for details on dates, eligibility and deadlines.

More Information


URC/CARE Program Coordinator
Frank Nevarez
Dept of Biology, URC/CARE Box 951606
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: 310.206.2660
Fax: 310-206-3987