MARC Students Attending SACNAS Program


Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) is a Training Program funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) aiming to improve the academic preparedness and research training for underrepresented, honors undergraduates at SJSU majoring in science, technology, engineering and math degrees.  The long-term goal of the program is to develop a diverse pool of well-trained scientists who have the technical, operational, and professional skills to be highly productive and eventually become important contributors to scientific discoveries and decision making in biomedical sciences.  As part of the program, students work on biomedical research projects with faculty in the SJSU College of Science for two years, and are mentored in the process of applying for PhD programs. 

As in previous years, students from the program attended the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science annual conference with faculty members from the SJSU COS. The scientific conference was held in Hawaii this year, and was an important opportunity for the students to present their ongoing research projects, and learn about science in many different disciplines. Students also had the opportunity to meet with representatives from top PhD programs, looking to recruit students.

The SJSU MARC program started in 1988, making it one of the oldest in the country. Over these 32 years, many SJSU MARC fellows have earned PhD and MD/PhD degrees in a range of fields including biology, chemistry, physics, math, statistics, computer science, psychology, and biomedical engineering. These SJSU graduates are currently playing a major role in the science across the country in academic, government, and industry settings. More information on the SJSU MARC program can be found at: