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

Fort Lewis College
Durango, CO.
Type Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, Basic Science Research, Health Disparities, Test Preparation


The primary purposes of the MARC U*STAR Program at Fort Lewis College (FLC) are to enhance the recent trend towards increased enrollment of underrepresented minority students, to increase the graduation rate of underrepresented minorities, and to provide greater opportunities for such students to pursue post graduate research careers in the biomedical sciences. The MARC Program will expand the unique relationship between FLC and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to establish a “pipeline” for admission of FLC underrepresented minority students to UNMC graduate research programs.

A monthly stipend and research/enrichment opportunity for the student


At the end of sophomore year, 5 students will be formally selected for the MARC program.  Students will undertake a research project with a FLC faculty member during the summer between their sophomore and junior years and will continue their line of summer research, as independent study, during their junior year.   Juniors will travel to UNMC during spring break where they will become acquainted with UNMC programs, faculty, and campus.

More Information

Leslie E. Sommerville, Ph.D.
Fort Lewis College
Department of Chemistry
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301
Tel: 970-247-7370
Email: sommervil_l@fortlewis.edu