Funding Opportunities –┬áMARC


National Institutes of Health

UNCG MARC U-STAR Fellows Program

If you are interested in biomedical or behavioral sciences and you have an excellent academic record, 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 it is an excellent opportunity for students like you to gain the experiences and relationships needed to pursue your career ambitions.

If you spend time thinking about curing cancer, preventing heart disease, helping to eliminate birth defects, or stopping the spread of multi-drug resistant bacteria, 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 starting 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:

  1. Faculty mentoring
  2. Specialized courses and workshops
  3. Fully-funded research projects
  4. Opportunities to publish and present their work
  5. A two year stipend with in-state tuition
  6. Paid summer research experience

MARC U-STAR students are supported financially through a yearly stipend and tuition is paid at the in-state level. There is also a paid summer research experience and travel funds to attend scientific research conferences.

If you’re looking for this kind of research opportunity, we invite you to apply to our program by July 31, 2017. The program begins this Summer/Fall (2017) when you will be partnered with a research faculty member in your area of interest and begin taking classes. To apply to be a MARC U-STAR fellow you will need to submit a short essay (1000 words) of your professional goals, including aspirations for graduate study. You will also need 3 letters of recommendation, two of which will need to be from your professors or instructors at UNCG.

Submit your applications to Your 3 references should also 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].”

Please include the following information:

  • Banner ID
  • GPA
  • Major/Minor/Concentration
  • Credit hours and Classification (JR, SR) (include transfer credits separately)
  • If you are currently in a research lab, list your Professor’s 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