The MARC program is not accepting applications at this time. The current cycle of the MARC program has ended. We do plan to restart the program. However, the earliest date for accepting applications will be the spring semester of 2018.

Welcome to the MARC U*STAR Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

The program goal is to prepare students from underrepresented groups for bioscience careers by providing academic support and a stimulating research experience.

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The goal of this NIH funded program is to increase the diversity of the workforce in the fields of biosciences. We meet this goal through a program that focuses on increasing student preparation for entering and succeeding in PhD programs at highly selective universities.

The MARC U*STAR Program is housed in the Pacific Biosciences Research Center, an organized research unit with a long history of undergraduate research training.

The backbone of the MARC program is the “hands on” lab experience with one of our extramurally funded investigators. Our research mentors are selected from a number of science disciplines including, molecular biology, developmental biology, neurosciences, molecular genetics, endocrinology, evolutionary and conservation biology, and experimental psychology.

Enrichment activities supplement the research experience and these include workshops on scientific communication skills, bioethics, test-taking skills to ace the GRE, and participation in national conferences. MARC scholars are also expected to be in the Honors Program.

Our graduates have gone on to PhD programs at the Indiana University, University of Washington, UC-Santa Cruz, UC-Berkeley, University of Arizona, and UCLA, as well as the Cell Molecular Biology program at UHM. Several of our alumni have invested their efforts in gaining a year’s worth of research training at the National Institutes of Health, prior to taking the graduate record exam (GRE) and applying to PhD programs.



For more information on application and student selection process, click here.