Funding Opportunities – MARC


National Institutes of Health

UNCG MARC U-STAR Fellows Program

We would like to introduce you to UNCG’s Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U-STAR) Fellowship program. MARC U-STAR is supported by the National Institutes of Health and offers talented students underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences an opportunity to improve their preparation for high-caliber graduate training by providing the experiences and relationships needed to pursue your career ambitions.

If you are majoring in any field related to biomedical or behavioral sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Human Development & Family Studies, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Psychology, Public Health Education or Anthropology), you might be interested in pursuing a career in biomedical or behavioral sciences research. If you are interested in pursuing a research career in these fields, you’ll need to plot a course toward graduate school and start building a resume of research experience now. The MARC U-STAR program is an excellent way to begin accomplishing your goals.

UNCG’s MARC U-STAR Fellows get hands on research experience during their junior and senior year through:

  • a yearly ~$12,000 stipend and tuition is paid at the in-state level
  • Undergraduate research in a faculty mentor’s lab
  • Specialized courses and workshops
  • Funding to engage in a research project
  • Opportunities to publish and present their work
  • Paid summer research experiences
  • Travel funds to attend scientific conferences

If you are interested in this amazing opportunity, we invite you to apply to our program by February 17, 2018. The program begins this Summer (2018) when you will be partnered with a research faculty member in your area of interest. To apply to be a MARC U-STAR Fellow you will need to submit the following application materials to

  • Banner ID
  • GPA
  • Degree program and Major/Minor/Concentration
  • Credit hours and Classification
  • If you are currently in a research lab, list your Professor’s name
  • Current Academic Advisor
  • Graduation plan during your junior and senior year
  • Short essay (1000 words) on your professional goals, aspirations for graduate study, research experience, and areas of research interests
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, two of which will need to be from UNCG professors or instructors. (Your references should be directed to send their letters on your behalf to


Please list the subject line of all emails “MARC U-STAR [YOUR FIRST NAME] [YOUR LAST NAME].

Program Directors:

Dr. Daniel J. Herr, Professor and Chair, Department of Nanoscience, Principal Investigator.
Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell, Professor and Head, Department of Biology, Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Lee Phillips, Director, Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office, Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Joseph L. Graves Jr, Dean for Research & Professor of Biological Sciences,  JSSN, Co-Principal Investigator


Click here for more information about the MARC U-STAR Program.