The Maximizing Access to Research Careers for Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research(MARC U*STAR) Program is designed to identify, inspire, motivate and train the next generation of biomedical scientists who hold leadership positions in cutting-edge scientific research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.  

MARC is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is designed to increase the participation of students involved in biomedical/behavioral research. The program nurtures undergraduates in a way that induces their interest in and readiness for research careers in the biomedical/behavioral sciences.  Students from various majors including Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Exercise Science participate in the programs. Scholars receive extensive hands-on laboratory research experiences that also consist of coursework, workshops and seminars designed to introduce students to biomedical/behavioral science careers and leading scientists. The main objective of MARC is to strengthen the student’s academic and research credentials to facilitate their entry into competitive biomedical/behavioral science graduate (PhD/MD PhD) programs.

Database of Graduate Programs

Database of Current Summer Research Programs


PhD Prep Programs:

Biological Biomedical Sciences Program UNC Chapel Hill

Initiative Maximizing Student Diversity National Institute of Health

Research Education Program National Institute of Health

Immersion Program to Advance Career Training

Post baccalaureate Research Education Program National Institute of Health

The Summer of Learning and Research

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Graduate Prep Program

University of California, Davis Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity Program 

The University of Texas Post Bac Program

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