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

Alabama State University
Montgomery, AL.
Type Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, Basic Science Research, Test Preparation


The NRSA MARC U-STAR Program at Alabama State University (ASU) supports the NIH-NIGMS national program objective to increase the number of highly trained underrepresented biomedical and behavioral research scientists in leadership positions who can significantly impact the health-related research needs of the nation.

The program’s overall outcome goal is to increase the solidly growing institutional number of graduates completing STEM doctorate degrees mainly in biomedical area.

Based upon extensive evaluation of program, institutional and national data, the objective of MARC program is to facilitate:

  1. targeted skills development
  2. STEM gateway course mastery
  3. quantitative assessment-enhanced trainee selection processes
  4. comprehensive laboratory research training
  5. strong institutional support
  6. evaluation of the program’s long-term Ph.D. readiness training impact


Selection to the MARC program is based on academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.25), interest in pursuing graduate work in the biomedical sciences, faculty recommendations and personal interviews. Application, transcript, and three letters of recommendation should be submitted to the Program office by the Last Friday in February of the sophomore year. The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC U*STAR) Program. (Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors).

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Mrs. Alice Z. McClain
Program Coordinator