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

University of the Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, FED.
Type Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, Basic Science Research, Health Disparities, Test Preparation


The Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program promotes excellence in careers leading to a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science, Psychology, Computers Science, Mathematics and Marine Biology.

The MARC program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is administered by program director Dr. Teresa TurnerECS scholars supported by MARC are interested in a career in biomedical research, work closely with faculty mentors on research projects, and have specific responsibilities. The MARC program supports 8 UVI students per year, four juniors and four seniors. Each year, during the call for ECS applications, 4 new junior MARC Trainees are selected from the applicant pool.


To be a MARC scholar, a student must have a UVI GPA of 3.0 or above. Students must also be a US citizen or permanent resident, must graduate in 2 years, and be a full time student pursuing a BS degree with a major in mathematics, chemistry, biology, marine biology, computer science, or psychology. MARC is an honors program and scholars follow a strict curriculum.

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Teresa Turner, Ph.D.
University of the Virgin Islands
2 John Brewer’s Bay
St. Thomas, VI 00802-9990
Tel: 340-693-1382
Fax: 340-693-1385
Email: tturner@uvi.edu