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

California State University-San Marcos
San Marcos, CA.
Type Academic Year Program, Basic Science Research, Health Disparities, Test Preparation


Welcome to the MARC U*STAR (Maximizing Access to Research Careers -Undergraduate Student Training for Academic Research) Program at CSU San Marcos. The program is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH/NIGMS). The MARC Program is intended to prepare qualified undergraduate minority students majoring in the sciences to enter and succeed in doctoral studies (Ph.D. or M.D. /Ph.D.). Only five new scholars are admitted to this honors undergraduate research program each year.


  1. Be a full time student at CSU San Marcos
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  3. Be 2 years away from graduation (Junior Standing)
  4. Commitment to pursuing a Ph.D. in a biomedical research field
  5. U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  6. Be a science major in Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics or Psychology
  7. The MARC U*STAR Program is for underrepresented students in the sciences, which include American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians, Other Pacific Islanders, or students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students.

More Information


Keith Trujillo, Ph.D.
California State University, San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096
Tel: 760-750-4084
Fax: 760-750-3401
Email: keith@csusm.edu