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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The MARC U*STAR Program is a two-year, NIH-funded, undergraduate honors program that seeks to increase the number of scientists from diverse backgrounds that significantly impact health-related research. The program specifically seeks to strengthen the skills and research training of students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. This program is appropriate for students interested in pursuing a PhD or dual PhD degree upon completion of their baccalaureate degree. The MARC Program offers research training, financial support, mentoring, networking opportunities and academic preparation for strong and motivated students. The UCLA MARC program is one of the longest-standing MARC programs at top research universities across the nation, and graduates from the program have embarked on highly successful careers.

Benefits include:

  • Research training in faculty labs at UCLA during two academic years and one summer.
  • Stipend of ~$12,300 per year plus partial tuition and fees
  • Research training at an extramural research institution for one summer
  • Training in scientific writing and presentation skills
  • Travel to national conferences (one per year) to present research
  • Training in the responsible conduct of research
  • Mentoring and career guidance
  • Networking opportunities


  • Applicants must have an interest in increasing diversity within the scientific workforce. Eligible students include:
    • Individuals from historically underrepresented racial or ethnic groups such as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Polynesians (Hawaiians, Samoans, Guamanians)
    • Students with a registered disability
    • Students from low-income backgrounds that can demonstrate that they qualify for federal disadvantaged assistance (e.g, Pell Grant).
  • 3.2 GPA at the time of application; borderline GPAs are also encouraged to apply
  • Junior or senior standing (completed 90 or more units) by the time that the student will begin as a MARC trainee, AND have two years remaining at UCLA at the start of the program
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Major in Life/Physical Sciences or Engineering and interested in conducting research.

If you have questions about your eligibility, please ask the MARC Program Representative or Director.

Application materials and further information can be found on the MARC website: http://www.ugresearchsci.ucla.edu/marc.htm

The application is open Mar 1-Apr 5, and the program starts in June 2017

Contact info:

Alfredo Morales, MARC Program Representative
2121 Life Science Building
Phone (310) 206-2182

Dr. Megan McEvoy, MARC Director
302 Boyer Hall
Phone (310) 825-9635

Dr. Gina Poe, MARC Co-Director
5028 Terasaki Life Science Building
Phone (310) 825-8939