University of California, Riverside

Marc U STAR Program

Summer Pre-Trainee Program

The MARC U STAR Summer Pretrainee Program is a summer research program that introduces underrepresented students to biomedically-related research through exposure in a laboratory setting with a MARC U STAR Faculty Mentor. The Pretrainee Summer Program is intended to be a stepping stone to the 2-year Trainee Program because it provides students with valuable laboratory research experience, but the summer Pre-Trainee Program is available to all students who have at least one year at UCR, as well as transfer students from community college. No prior research experience is necessary to apply to the MARC U STAR Summer Pretrainee Program.

This research is broad-based and includes faculty in the Biological Sciences; Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, as well as in Bioengineering, Physics, Chemistry and Statistics. A student who is chosen to participate in the Summer Pretrainee Program will not only receive research opportunities and a substantial stipend, but also an opportunity to participate in activities that will enrich their summer experience, such as attending bi-weekly meetings with other Pretrainees, and participating in the MARC Summer Symposium.

Summer Pretrainee Program eligibility criteria:

  • Have an interest in scientific research;
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.80 or above;
  • Earned a minimum of 44 university units;
  • Have successfully completed, or are in the process of completing, one year of chemistry, introductory biology and calculus;
  • Agree to conduct full-time research during the summer period; and
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Do you meet this criteria? If so, complete the PRE-TRAINEE APPLICATION here!

If you have any questions you may contact Rebecca Brown at (951) 827-5449 or e-mail at


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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