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

Florida International University
Miami, FL.
Type Basic Science Research, Test Preparation, Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, Health Disparities


FIU’s MARC U*STAR program specifically targets those rising juniors (especially scholars in the QBIC program) who have indicated an interest in Biomedical or Behavioral Sciences research and a choice and preference in pursuing a PhD. Eligibility Requirements U.S. citizen or permanent resident

• Maintain a GPA of 3.3 or better
• Be enrolled full-time at FIU
• Have a strong preference in pursuing a Ph.D.

To meet its goal of encouraging underrepresented minorities (URM) to continue on to successful biomedical or behavioral science research careers, FIU’s MARC U*STAR program provides a focused initiative that motivates promising students to choose a biomedical or behavioral science career. This goal is important because many students do not know what biomedical research really is or how exciting and rewarding it can be. By spending the first two academic years in FIU’s Q`BIC program and gaining an integrative and quantitative science foundation, by participating in the planned simulation and modeling workshop, and by being a MARC U*STAR Fellow working in an active research lab, participants will be in environments and exposed to information that will help demystify biomedical and behavioral science research. The final critical issue is to insure that the motivated student with potential is given the necessary tools and skills to be competitive and the opportunity to succeed. The academic and research components of FIU’s MARC U*STAR program provide these tools and skills. The MARC U*STAR Program at FIU will help excellent URM continue on to successful careers in biomedical or behavioral sciences research.


Full-time students seeking degrees in science or engineering, with a GPA of 3.3 or better are invited to apply to the program.  U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

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

More Information


Program Director
Ophelia Weeks, Ph.D.
Dept of Biological Sciences, Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-3099
Fax: 305-348-1989