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

Cindy Neal/MARC Program at Department of Biochemistry
Tucson, AZ.
Type Academic Year Program, Basic Science Research, Health Disparities, Test Preparation


The MARC Program is a unique research, mentoring, financial and academic opportunity for undergraduates belonging to a group considered underrepresented in biomedical research and who have the interest and potential to pursue a PhD or combined PhD (e.g. MD/PhD) degree. The program is a two-year program intended for the last two years of a student’s enrollment at the University of Arizona.

Training Activities Include:

  • Research training in labs of outstanding faculty at the University of Arizona.  Faculty with active and well-funded research programs provide research guidance and intensive mentoring to participants.
  • Annual national scientific meeting
  • Colloquium course specifically designed for undergraduates in biomedical disciplines. Research talks are from scientists from other institutions, the U of A, or MARC program participants.
  • Assistance with preparation for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Assistance with preparation of applications to graduate school or summer programs including personal statement
  • Training in the responsible conduct of research
  • Training in scientific writing and presentation skills
  • Overall mentoring and career guidance


SELECTION CRITERIA: Underrepresented minority: undergraduate students who consider their group underrepresented in biomedical research.Citizenship: citizen or non-citizen national of the United States or lawfully admitted for permanent residenc. Research Interest: express a strong interest in considering a biomedical research career via a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree, Commitment: spend two summers and final three or four UA semesters in the program (exceptions will be considered).Majors: Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Chemistry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Biology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Nutritional Sciences, Physiology (or premajor), Psychology, or Speech. Language & Hearing Science (exceptions will be considered), Credits completed: at least 56 units prior to start of training June 1,  GPA: overall of at least 3.0, Reference: provide the name, contact and relationship for 1 or 2 individuals &  Interview: candidates who pass the initial screening will interview with members of the MARC advisory committee

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Dr. Marc E. Tischler
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
BSW 533
(520) 626-6130