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.
The U-RISE program provides Freshmen and Sophmores with opportunities and scholarships to learn more about behavioral and biomedical research.
To be eligible for the MARC U-STAR scholarship, you must be:
- A CU Denver student
- A rising junior (with approximately 60 credits)
- Eligible for honors in your major (this is typically based on your GPA)
- Interested in a research career
- Interested in earning a Ph.D. in the behavioral or biomedical sciences
- A member of a group traditionally underrepresented in behavioral or biomedical sciences.
If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact us! E-mail us at Lindsey.Hamilton@ucdenver.edu.
Preliminary Application Questions
Please complete this brief questionnaire so that we may determine your eligibility for the MARC U-STAR program and/or U-RISE program. If you appear to be eligible, we will contact you and ask you for additional information in order to complete the application process.