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Marc-U-Star Awards

Brief Description of the Program


The MARC U-STAR Award provides support for undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences in order to improve their preparation for high-caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. level. Trainees must be honors-level students majoring in the biomedical or behavioral sciences with an expressed interest in pursuing postgraduate education leading to the Ph.D., M.D.-Ph.D., or other combined professional degree-Ph.D. after graduation. The MARC U-STAR award provides support to students for a consecutive 24-month period at the final 2 years of undergraduate training. This typically includes a summer research experience at a research-intensive institution outside the home institution.

MARC U-STAR scholars receive an award that pays for sixty percent of their CU Denver tuition, an academic year stipend, a summer stipend, money to support travel to academic conferences, and room and board for out-of-state summer research experiences. Students are expected to participate for two academic years including summers.

Preliminary Application Questions

Please complete this brief questionnaire so that we may determine your eligibility for the MARC U-STAR program. If you appear to be eligible, we will contact you and ask you for additional information in order to complete the application process.

Please be sure to respond to all questions as instructed.

If you have any questions about your eligibility for the program or the application form, we invite you to contact Alice Bradley, MARC Program Coordinator, by phone (303-315-2514) or through e-mail (alice.bradley@ucdenver.edu).