MARC U-STAR: Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research 

The MARC u-STAR Program seeks to train undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to think critically and write and speak effectively about their research in order to increase their ability to gain entry into and excel in top PhD programs nation-wide. MARC u-STAR also offers the Summer Scholars Program, which is an eight-week, minority-focused, research program for rising Washington University sophomores interested in scientific research.

Funded by the NIH and the Children’s Discovery Institute, the program is also made possible with valuable contributions from the following sources:

College of Arts & Sciences
The BALSA Group
Hope Center
Office of Medical Education
Siteman Cancer Center
McDonell Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
McDonell Center for Systems Neuroscience

Center for Reproductive Health
Office for Student Success
Office of the Provost
Department of Biology
Department of Chemistry
Department of Psychology
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Under-represented students in the sciences as defined by NIH include the following groups:

  • Students from racial or ethnic groups under-represented in the sciences, including African-American, Hispanic or Latino, American Pacific Islander, or Native American/Alaskan Native.
  • Financially disadvantaged students (e.g., Pell-eligible students or the equivalent)
  • Students with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. 

The MARC U-STAR Program at Washington University in St. Louis is supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health (NIGMS/NIH) under National Research Service Award T34 GM 083914.

 

Academic Year

About the Program

MARC U-STAR  is a two-year, junior-/senior-level, research-based honors program for under-represented students at Washington University interested in pursuing the PhD in the biological and biomedical sciences. 

Program Benefits

  • A $1,000 monthly stipend for the full calendar year
  • May provide a tuition benefit.
  • Requires students work 10 or more hours per week in a research lab of their choice during the academic year and full-time during the summer. 
  • Students will attend weekly seminars that train students in effective scientific presentation.
  •  Other program benefits include workshops on personal statements and poster presentations, grad/undergrad joint dinners, opportunities to attend national scientific conferences, and membership in a close knit supportive academic community.  

Sophomore Summer Scholars

About the Program

The Sophomore Summer Scholars Program affiliated with MARC u-STAR is an eight-week, minority-focused, research program for rising Washington University sophomores interested in scientific research.  

Program Benefits

  • Mentored full-time research in a top-notch Washington University research lab.
  • Free housing and $1,600 summer stipend.
  • Rigorous personalized training in scientific presentation.
  • Opening and closing dinners at the program director’s house for students and their friends.
  • Weekly Evening Science talks from PhD scientists about their research and career path.
  • Student panels on graduate school and medical school and the MD/PhD.
  • Closing symposium for all students and their labs.

For questions about the Academic Year or Sophomore Scholars Program, please contact Amber Noland a.noland@wustl.edu or Dr. Jim Skeath at jskeath@wustl.edu.