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Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research

Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health

What is MARC U*STAR? 

MARC U*STAR is an honor, scholarship program that 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.


  • Be a full-time student at DSU
  • Major in the STEM disciplines (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics & Pre-Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Psychology, and Human Ecology) or an approved Interdisciplinary Studies major
  • Have a minimum of 60 college credits and have no less than 24 months until degree completion
  • Possess an outstanding academic record (cumulative g.p.a. of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Must have the goal of pursuing a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences. Scientific fields including biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, bioengineering, computational biology (molecular modeling), genomics, behavioral sciences, and nutrition will be considered as suitable areas for graduate study
  • Be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or permanent resident of the United States who is of an underrepresented group


  • Participate in intramural research project with an approved mentor from DSU and complete an extramural summer internship
  • Attend workshops for: laboratory safety, ethics in science, career development, how to complete an application, presentations and public speaking, leadership and service, critical thinking and problem solving, working with scientific literature
  • Make an oral or poster presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

The Award

  • 60% paid tuition and fees
  • Paid stipend
  • Paid travel to attend ABRCMS

Application procedure:

  • Complete application
  • Obtain and submit official transcript
  • Write and submit a personal statement
  • Obtain and submit two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty members



MARC U*STAR Trainees are eligible to participate in the Summer Research Experience (SRE), a paid summer internship allowing them to work in some of the most prestigious labs and research programs in the country.


  • Receive MARC stipend throughout the summer (no stipend cost to host research mentor)
  • Up to a 10-week internship experience in some of the nation’s most prestigious laboratories
  • Eligibility for housing and/or meal plan financial support*  for duration of summer program
  • Travel funds assistance* to summer research site and return

*subject to funds availability