University of California, Riverside

Marc U STAR Program


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Trainees 2015

Maximizing Access to Research Careers

Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research 

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) seeks to increase the number of highly-trained underrepresented biomedical and behavioral scientists in leadership positions to significantly impact the health-related research needs of the nation.      

MARC U-STAR awards provide 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 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.

MARC is a University-wide program.  We accept students from any department on campus, provided they are involved in biomedically-related laboratory research. 




Knowledge: Developing research competencies  Empowerment: Creating Leaders

Inspiration: Igniting purpose and passion  Potential: Pathway to graduate advancement

2016 graduates

Congratulations to our 2016 MARC U* graduates!!!


MARC U STAR is supported by a training grant from the National Institutes of Health.

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Marc U STAR Program
4489 Boyce Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5449
Fax: (951) 827-3087