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MARC Program

Maximizing Access to Research Careers-Undergraduate Student Training Research (MARC-U-STAR)Program

Welcome to the MARC U STAR (Maximizing Access to Research Careers -Undergraduate Student Training for Academic Research) Program at CSU San Marcos. The program is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH/NIGMS).  The MARC Program is intended to prepare qualified undergraduate minority students majoring in the sciences to enter and succeed in doctoral studies (Ph.D. or M.D. /Ph.D.). Only five new scholars are admitted to this Honors undergraduate research program each year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a full time student at CSU San Marcos

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Be 2 years away from graduation (Junior Standing)

  • Commitment to pursuing a Ph.D. in a biomedical research field

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

  • Be a member of a group that is underrepresented in the sciences

    (American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders)

  • Be a science major in Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry,

    Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics or Psychology

Program Requirements

  • Work in a research laboratory 12-15 hours per week during the academic year and 40 hours per week in the summer

  • Attend Biomedical Seminars (Thursdays at 4:00pm).

  • Take Biol 488 : Seminar in Biomedical Sciences

  • Participate in the OTRES Summer Research Training Program

  • Participate in a Summer  Research Program outside of San Diego

  • Participate in the Puentes Program (Graduate School Prep Program)

  • Attend Scientific meetings to present your research

  • Participate in all OTRES activities

  • Mentor Undergraduate OTRES Students

Program Benefits

  • Stipend of $11,856 per year (monthly stipend of $988)

  • Obtain "hands-on" research experience in research laboratories at CSU San Marcos

  • Partial support for tuition (subject to NIH funding limits and after all other scholarships and/or grants have been applied)

  • Travel and conference expenses for 1 conference per year

  • Academic Advising and Priority Registration

If you have any questions about applying to the MARC program, please feel free to contact Perla Rivas at or 760-750-3681.