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

New Mexico State University-Las Cruces
Las Cruces, NM.
Type Basic Science Research, Test Preparation, Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, Health Disparities


The successful applicant will conduct research in the fields of Physiology, Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry, Microbiology or Molecular Biology in the laboratory of an NMSU professor and will participate in periodic MARC meetings on campus. Research program summaries for all MARC Program professors are available at this web site. During the summer between the junior and senior years, MARC Fellows will participate in an 8-10 week research experience at an off-campus research-site. Travel expenses to and from the host institution will be paid by the program. During the fall of your junior year, our office compiles information about these programs and helps the MARC students apply to them. This information is available here. Fellows receive a stipend in 12 equal monthly installments of $913. Their in-state tuition and fees as well as student health services are also paid. All expenses are provided for the Fellow to accompany the Fellow's research mentor to an annual, national meeting of the professor's scientific society. All MARC students must take the Graduate Record Examination which will be paid for by the program.

Application deadlines are approximately April 15th and November 15th each year.


MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U*STAR) Awards (T34) provide support for students who are members of minority groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to improve their preparation for graduate training in biomedical research. These minority groups include, but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (including Alaska Natives), and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands. The program can also support efforts to strengthen the faculty, science course curricula, and biomedical research training programs and infrastructure at institutions with significant enrollments of minority students. Trainees must be honors students majoring in the sciences who have an expressed interest in a biomedical research career and who intend to pursue postgraduate work leading to a Ph.D., M.D.-Ph.D., or other combined professional degree-Ph.D. The period of appointment to the MARC U*STAR Program is 2 years at the junior/senior level." Fellowships are competitively awarded to as many as 25 undergraduates who have expressed a commitment to pursue post-graduate biomedical education and who will have junior status at the beginning of the Fellowship. The students must have and maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0. These fellowships must be renewed during the senior year after a review of the student's progress.

More Information


Micheal D. Johnson
Dept of Chemistry/Biochemistry, MSC 3C, Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Phone: 505-646-3627
Fax: 505-646-2394