FAQs

What is the MARC U-STAR program?

MARC U-STAR is a research training program that provides support for undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to improve their preparation for high-caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. level.  Trainees must be students majoring in the biomedical 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. 

I am a college student, how can I participate in the MARC U-STAR program?

To be eligible for support through a MARC U-STAR award, you must be majoring in the sciences–such as biology, chemistry, kinesiology, public health education, psychology, etc.–and be a full-time student at UNCG.

Must I be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible to participate in the MARC U-STAR program?

Yes. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for a MARC U-STAR program. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

What does MARC U-STAR provide to participants?

This program builds the next generation of biomedical science leaders. MARC U-STAR trainees participate in a variety of training activities (such as seminars, workshops and meetings), conduct biomedical research in laboratories through a summer research training experience and learn about various science careers as they prepare to enter graduate school to pursue a research doctorate (Ph.D.) or combined dual degree research doctorate such as an M.D.-Ph.D. The program provides MARC students with an annual stipend plus partial undergraduate tuition and fees.

Is foreign travel (for meetings, summer research training, etc.) for MARC U-STAR trainees allowable?

No. Trainee travel is limited to domestic institutions (U.S. states, possessions and territories) only.