Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program

Welcome to the MARC U STAR (Minority 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 $11,400 per year (monthly stipend of $950)
  • 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