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

University of Maryland Balt Co Campus
Baltimore, MD.
Type Basic Science Research, Test Preparation, Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, Health Disparities


The MARC U*STAR Program at UMBC is a research training scholarship program for undergraduate juniors and seniors majoring in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering and mathematics.  To be eligible for a MARC U*STAR award, students must have an outstanding academic record, a strong desire to pursue a Ph.D. degree and career in biomedical research or mathematics, and a demonstrated commitment to increasing the number of persons from underrepresented groups who pursue these goals.
The program provides Trainees with individualized academic advising, guided preparation for graduate school, continuous administrative support and professional development activities to ensure a competitive edge in today’s scientific arena.  Critical to this development is participation in a sustained individualized research project that is conducted throughout the academic year.  Under the tutelage of an approved mentor, this extended research experience provides “hands-on” training while helping Trainees develop the critical thinking skills necessary to become a successful researcher.  As a result, many of our MARC Trainees have co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals while still undergraduate students.  Additional activities include opportunities to interact with renowned research scientists, travel to national conferences and opportunities to present their own research in a scientific setting.  These advantages make UMBC MARC Trainees extremely competitive enabling them to gain admission to the top PhD and MD/PhD programs in the country with 95% of our MARC graduates enrolling in a post-baccalaureate educational program.


Students are eligible to apply to the UMBC MARC U*STAR Trainee Program if they: Attend UMBC full-time with a major related to the biomedical sciences (such as Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Psychology, Mathematics and Statistics, Engineering, or an approved Interdisciplinary Studies Major) Have a minimum of 60 college credits Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) Plan to pursue a Ph.D. and a career in biomedical research or mathematics Demonstrate an interest in the advancement of underrepresented minorities in the sciences Are citizens, noncitizen nationals or permanent residents of the United States Agree to fulfill all program requirements including a sustained research project with an approved mentor from UMBC or another nearby research facility throughout the academic year.

Check with program administrator for more details on dates and deadlines.

More Information


Program Coordinator
Taifa Hibbert
Dept of Biological Sciences, 1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
Phone: 410-455-2634