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

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



The MARC program has a total of 12 student positions that become available when students graduate or leave the program. Selection meetings are held in mid April for Summer entry, late July for Fall, and Early November for spring. Please apply for consideration during our next application period. Also- sometimes there are positions in mid-semester and if you have been pre-screened, youi could be accepted at that time.

Please note:  MARC is year-round and train students for entry into doctoral (Ph.D.) education.  It is not a summer program, but continues throughout the school year. MARC requires a committment to participate for two years. In addition, before you graduate you are expected to apply for at least 7 doctoral programs. If you are interested in Med School, do not apply for these programs.

MARC U*STAR now has two tracks: Pre-Ph.D. and Pre-Ph.D./Professional Degree (MD/Ph.D., DDS/Ph.D., etc). These have different GPA requirements (see below).



Requirements include:

  • Full time student
  • US Citizen or Permanent resident
  • Desire to pursue Doctoral (Ph.D.) education or combined MD/Ph.D. or DDS/Ph.D.

This does NOT include:

  • MD., DDS, MPH, or other professional degree without a Ph.D., even if you wish to perform research in the future.
  • Combined degrees that require completion of two years of the professional program prior to application to the Ph.D.
  • Professional PhDs that lead exclusively to clinical or health care practice withouth research.
  • 3.7 or higher GPA if Pre-MD/Ph.D., Pre-DDS/Ph.D., other professional combined degrees
  • 3.4 or higher GPA if Pre-Ph.D. - MARC
  • Be a Junior or senior with two full years (or more) prior to graduation at program start
  • Committment to complete the program once it is started
  • Majoring in Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry or Psychology, or any of the following majors with biomed research emphasis: Math, Stats, Physics, or Computer Science. 
  • All A's and B's in science/math courses in the semester prior to entry.
  • Able to commit to 15 h or more to research work in Fall/Spring, 40 h in summer
  • Will enroll and complete Research Careers and Prof Skills Development course
  • Will attend an annual scientific conference
  • Will complete a Thesis (Identical to the Honors College thesis).
  • Will complete College (COS), (COE) or Departmental Honors (Psy)
  • Will attend an off campus Summer research program (out of town, except by permission)
  • Will apply to at least 7 doctoral programs

 AND Described by one or both of the following:

  • A member of a group that is underrepresented in the sciences 
  • African-American 
  • Filipino
  • American Pacific Islander (Guam, Hawaii, Samoa)
  • Hispanic
  • Native American/Alaskan
  • OR
  • Have Exceptional Financial Need (EFN) or family income

More Information


Dr. Gail P. Taylor
Dept of Biology, 69 N Loop 1604 West
San Antonio, TX 78249
Phone: 210.458.5761
Fax: 210-458-5765