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

University of Texas-El Paso
El Paso, TX.
Type Basic Science Research, Test Preparation, Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, Health Disparities


The University of Texas at El Paso is a participant in the MARC program and has 14 scholarships that can be awarded to suitable students. The scholarships are designed to commence for junior status students and are tenable for 24 months. Each successful applicant will be expected to pursue the following program: Perform a biomedically-oriented research project under the direction of an NIH-approved faculty mentor.,Participate in three honors-designated courses, Participate in various MARC and home departmental seminars, and various research workshops.Participate in an Ethics in Science/Research class.Write and orally defend an undergraduate thesis based upon their research activities. Maintain a GPA >3.0..Participate in regional, national and international professional research meetings as appropriate as an observer and/or presenting participant. Continue with postgraduate studies aimed at obtaining either the Ph. D. or combined M.D./Ph.D. degree.

A strong recommendation to MARC scholarship recipients is that they participate in a summer research program at an extramural research laboratory. This can be a different university, a national laboratory or industrial laboratory. The exact location will be made in collaboration with the faculty mentor and program Director.


All student award recipients must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents ('green card' holders) of the U.S., and must reside within the U.S. or U.S. territories and, during the tenure of the scholarship, must be full time students.Applicants must be close to at least junior status with minimum GPA of 3.0. The scholarships are awarded only to Junior and Senior students. Failure to maintain a 3.0 GPA may result in a student being terminated from the program.

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

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Director MARC Program
Keith H. Pannell
Dept of Chemistry, Physical Science Building Room 309-B
El Paso, TX 79968
Phone: 915-747-5796
Fax: 915-747-5748