The MARC U*STAR Program at UMBC is a research training scholarship program for undergraduate juniors and seniors majoring in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering and mathematics. To be eligible for a MARC U*STAR award, students must have an outstanding academic record, a strong desire to pursue a Ph.D. degree and career in biomedical research or mathematics, and a demonstrated commitment to increasing the number of persons from underrepresented groups who pursue these goals.
The program provides Trainees with individualized academic advising, guided preparation for graduate school, continuous administrative support and professional development activities to ensure a competitive edge in today’s scientific arena. Critical to this development is participation in a sustained individualized research project that is conducted throughout the academic year. Under the tutelage of an approved mentor, this extended research experience provides “hands-on” training while helping Trainees develop the critical thinking skills necessary to become a successful researcher. As a result, many of our MARC Trainees have co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals while still undergraduate students. Additional activities include opportunities to interact with renowned research scientists, travel to national conferences and opportunities to present their own research in a scientific setting. These advantages make UMBC MARC Trainees extremely competitive enabling them to gain admission to the top PhD and MD/PhD programs in the country with 95% of our MARC graduates enrolling in a post-baccalaureate educational program.
MARC Trainees receive comprehensive academic and research support, and are required to live in campus housing. To be eligible for MARC Trainee status, applicants must have a minimum of 60 academic credits in addition to meeting academic performance standards.