MARC Program Description
MARC U*STAR program provides support for undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to improve their preparation for high-caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. level. The program also supports efforts to strengthen the science course curricula, pedagogical skills of faculty and biomedical research training at institutions with significant enrollments of students from underrepresented groups.
Scholars must be honors students majoring in the biomedical or behavioral sciences who have expressed interest in pursuing postgraduate education leading to the Ph.D., M.D.-Ph.D., or other combined professional degree-Ph.D. in these fields upon completing their baccalaureate degree. The period of appointment to the MARC U*STAR program is a consecutive 24-month period at the final 2 years of undergraduate training, typically called the junior and senior years.
The MARC U*STAR program provides Scholars with a summer research experience at a research-intensive institution outside the home institution with which the MARC U*STAR program has established either formal or informal linkages. In addition, during the academic year, the home institution may either offer research training opportunities such as appropriate infrastructure, research active faculty, etc., that will allow or provide research training courses in the classroom. In addition to monthly stipends, funds are awarded for tuition, fees, health insurance and research supplies for MARC Scholars, limited travel for MARC Scholars and faculty, faculty pedagogical development and program evaluation.
This information was obtained from the following website: http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Training/MARC/USTARAwards.htm