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

California State University-Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA.
Type Academic Year Program, Basic Science Research


The Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC), Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U*STAR) Program is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). MARC U*STAR is a training grant that provides support for six honors level students underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to improve their preparation for Ph.D. programs. Students are funded for the last two years of their undergraduate education to enable full engagement in the training experience.

Upon admission to the program, MARC U*STAR trainees are integrated into active research laboratories at CSUDH, the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Trainees select a research mentor who will establish a research project best suited to the student’s level and interest. Students are expected to participate in research during the academic year as well as summer research programs at other universities to broaden their depth of experience. Students are also expected to attend discipline-specific conferences and present their work. These experiences will make MARC trainees competitive for entrance into top-tier PhD programs after they graduate from Dominguez Hills.

The program provides support for enrichment activities to improve student’s educational and research outcomes. These activities may include strengthening of their math and English skills, writing workshops, career development, summer research training, and a research seminar series. The program also provides networking opportunities with notable scientists, graduate students and graduate school recruiters. Moreover, students receive guidance through the graduate school application process.



  • Demonstrated academic ability in course work with full-time status at CSUDH.
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 with 12 units or more.
  • Determination and a strong interest to enter graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. in science following  completion of Bachelor’s degree. Students planning on attending professional school (i.e. medicine,  dentistry, pharmacy, and related areas) are not eligible.
  • Either U.S. citizenship, non-citizens nationals of the United States or lawfully admitted for permanent  residency. Individuals on temporary visas are not eligible.

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RISE/MARC Program Office
CSU Dominguez Hills
College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences (LIB 5469)
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747