University of Southern California


PAR-17-068: Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate – Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U-STAR) (T34)

Slots:                                                     1.

LOI:                                                        N/A                       

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

External Deadline:                          May 24, 2018, 5pm PT

Award Information:                        Type:  Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: Not specified.

Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                        


The Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) program is designed to provide structured training programs to prepare high-achieving, underrepresented students for doctoral programs in biomedical research fields. The overarching goal of the MARC program is to enhance the pool of students from underrepresented groups who successfully complete baccalaureate and Ph.D. biomedical degrees. Programmatic activities should include authentic research experiences, academic enhancements, skills development, and mentoring. The long-term goal of the program is to enhance the pool of underrepresented students earning baccalaureate and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical research fields and ultimately to contribute to the diversification of the nation’s scientific workforce.


It is expected that upon completion of the undergraduate degree, MARC participants will apply to and complete doctoral degree programs in biomedical research fields, and ultimately participate in the national biomedical workforce. In doing so, the expectation is that by supporting undergraduate student research training, the MARC program will help reduce the gap in the completion of Ph.D. degrees between underrepresented and non-underrepresented students in the biomedical sciences. At the institutional level, the MARC program should develop undergraduate students who are proficient in biomedical science for the purpose of training the next generation of the modern research workforce. Furthermore, the institution is expected to identify and address the barriers that might impede the participation and retention of all students, with attention to the types of issues that students from underrepresented backgrounds face.


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