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Research Programs


Minority Access to Research Careers/Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research

THE MARC/U*STAR Honors Program is intended to assist minority institutions in the training of greater numbers of scientists and teachers prepared to pursue careers in biomedical research.

The objectives of the undergraduate research training programs are:

  1. To increase the number of well prepared minority students who can compete successfully for entry into graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. degree in a biomedical science
  2. To help develop a strong science curriculum and research opportunities to prepare students for careers in biomedical research


Partial support for tuition and fees will be available. The amount will be determined by the funding agency. In addition, each participant receives a monthly stipend and a travel allowance to attend a scientific meeting.


Students in their sophomore or junior year majoring in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics or psychology who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  1. Have a 3.0 Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale)
  2. Have completed a minimum number of required courses in his/her major
  3. Have an intention to obtain an advanced degree in one of the sciences leading to a career in biomedical research

How to Apply:

Obtain an application from your departmental chairperson.

Return the completed application, two letters of recommendation from science faculty, a statement of career goals, and a copy of your transcript to your institutional representative or the program director.

For further information, contact
Dr. Latanya Hammonds-Odie
Spelman College
Science Center, Room 267
(404) 270-5756

Program Sponsor: National Institute of General Medical Sciences