The Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U*STAR) is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). This Junior/Senior training program is for students with an earnest desire to attend graduate school and obtain a Ph.D. The program at St. Mary’s is in its 35th year and has a goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minority students who enter and complete doctoral research programs in the biomedical sciences.

MARC U*STAR provides underrepresented students majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biophysics, Environmental Science, Mathematics or Engineering opportunities to complete biomedical research training and work alongside faculty mentors in the biomedical sciences. Undergraduate students participating in the MARC U*STAR program are provided with academic and research support to prepare them for Ph.D. programs in the biomedical sciences.

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