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MARC-U*STAR Program

Director- Ruby L. Broadway, Ph.D.

 

Welcome to the MARC U*STAR Program (Maximizing Access to Research Careers- Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research) Program at Dillard University. The overall goal of the MARC U*STAR is to prepare undergraduate for advancement to graduate education and doctoral programs to attain a Ph.D. degree in research-based disciplines that have significance to health (e.g., biology, chemistry, psychology). Eligible undergraduates are paired with faculty mentors who have NIH and NSF support and conduct basic or applied research in a variety of health-related fields. For students not yet eligible for the MARC program, there are pre-MARC activities that can serve as an entrance into the MARC program. We hope that you will browse the MARC-U*STAR website and become excited about the MARC U*STAR program. We look forward to receiving your application!

 

Minority Access to Research Careers-Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC-U*STAR) Program

 

The Minority Access to Research Careers-Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC-U*STAR) Program at Dillard University. MARC-U*STAR is the premier undergraduate honors research training program on campus. Participation in MARC-U*STAR is an exceptional opportunity to enhance your academic and professional career through involvement in contemporary biomedical research under the guidance of faculty research directors. The specific aims of this honors undergraduate research training program are to: develop and enhance a pool of highly qualified and engaged students with strong interest in pursuing biomedical or behavioral research related careers; to provide MARC Scholars a special advanced curriculum, academic and professional development, as well as year-round research training under the supervision of research mentors from Dillard University (DU), Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSUHSC), or other research-intensive institutions; and 3) to strengthen institutional capacity for teaching and research training by providing focused professional development for potential Dillard MARC training faculty. The overall objective of this honors undergraduate research training program is to increase the pool of well-prepared minority undergraduate students who can successfully compete for positions in top graduate programs leading to the Ph.D., in scientific fields useful to biomedical and behavioral research: biology, chemistry, and psychology.  Several faculty mentors at Dillard University and Louisiana State University Health Science Center trains a small group of highly qualified junior and senior minority students in an honors program strong in research opportunities and science curriculum. The program has been funded since 2015 by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.

 

 

Introduction:

The Dillard University MARC-U*STAR Program is strongly research oriented. Participation in a strong program of laboratory research is the major benefit to the MARC-U*STAR scholars and is an opportunity rare at most universities. The Scholars interact with the best science faculty and students at the University. Since the natural sciences are fundamentally experimental disciplines, the MARC-U*STAR Scholars are introduced to research upon admission to the Program, and research participation continues throughout the two academic years and summers the Scholars are in the Program. Upon admission to the program, the MARC-U*STAR Scholars are incorporated into active research groups under the direction of the training faculty. The research group is the basic unit we use to motivate and strengthen a talented student's desire for a career in biomedical research. Participation in a research group (coupled with a strong academic program) is excellent preparation for the student's graduate education to the Ph.D. A positive, rigorous, and productive experience performing publication-quality research as undergraduates is an excellent preparation for graduate school, and can be a very positive factor in developing a student's scientific maturity and supporting an interest in a research career. Dillard University has more than 30 years’ experience in successful involvement of undergraduates in strong research programs.

 

Laboratory research is a very social activity, and the new students interact and learn from more senior members of the group. The research group is also, importantly, a support group of individuals with similar career aspirations. More senior members serve as positive role models to the newer students. Students experience substantial career development as a consequence of their participation in research. Membership in an active research group and performance of quality research strengthens the student's preparation for graduate education to the Ph.D. in a biomedical/behavioral science.

 

The research participation by our MARC-U*STAR students is year-round. During the academic year, the trainee's participation is limited by academic course commitments, but during the summer they devote full time to their research efforts at another university or research institute. Dillard University MARC-U*STAR students have been productive in the lab, and the quantity and quality of their research work are impressive. Noticeable results of their participation in quality research programs are evident in their attending of scientific meeting presentation abstracts, wherein they are co-authors. We expect that our MARC-U*STAR students will combine high performance in undergraduate course work with considerable research laboratory experience to make them very competitive for admission to strong graduate

 

Who is Eligible?

Underrepresented minorities (URM): African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Juniors and seniors who plan to attend graduate school (M.S., Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D.) in biology, chemistry and psychology can apply.

 

Financial Support for MARC-U*STAR Student Fellows

The MARC Scholars will receive a stipend of $6480.00 per year, plus payment of University tuition for four academic semesters. Additional funds are available for research expenses in the laboratory where the students will conduct their research and travel to and/or present research results at national scientific research meetings/symposium and professional meetings.

 

Biomedical Sciences Seminars/Workshops

The MARC-U*STAR Program hosts weekly seminar/workshops each Thursday of the academic year. The schedule of seminars/workshops during the current term is presented in Room 102 Stern Hall.

 

Application Available
If you are interested in applying to the MARC U*STAR program, please complete the application.

 

Due Date: April 15 th Annually

Applications for participation as a MARC U*STAR Scholar or PRE-MARC U*STAR participant are accepted annually and are due April 15th. For additional questions, please contact the MARC program office at 816-4486 or by email at marcustar@dillard.edu.

 

Add Application for Marc and Pre-MARC application  

    

The MARC Program is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) (T34GM11054).  

 

Mentor/researchers/disciplines

 

Mentor

Discipline

Institution

Ruby Broadway, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Biology

Dillard University

Eric Buckles, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Biology

Dillard University

Julie Basu-Ray, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Biology

Dillard University

Royal Saunders, Ph.D.

Biology

Dillard University

Lovell Agwaramgbo, Ph.D.

Professor

Chemistry

Dillard University

Sean Gibbs, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Psychology

Dillard University

Lana Chambliss, Ph.D.

Psychology

Dillard University

Charlotte Hurst, Ph.D.

Nursing

Dillard University


Keith Wismar, Ph.D.

Professor


Psychology


Dillard University


Jovanny Zabaleta, Ph.D.

Pediatrics / Genetics

Louisiana State University – Health Sciences Center

Wang Liu, Ph.D.

Professor

Biology / Genetics

Louisiana State University – Health Sciences Center

Fern Tsien, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Biology / Genetics

Louisiana State University – Health Sciences Center

Alberto Musto, M.D./Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Neuroscience

Louisiana State University – Health Sciences Center

Hamilton Farris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor-Research

Neurobiology

Louisiana State University – Health Sciences Center

Michael Hagensee, MD/Ph.D.

Professor

Medicine / Microbiology

Louisiana State University – Health Sciences Center




Contact us

 

MARC-U*STAR Program Administration

 

Dr. Ruby Broadway

Program Director

Biology Department

Dillard University

New Orleans, LA  70122

Phone: (504) 816-4725

e-mail:rbroadway@dillard.edu

 

Odette Thomas

MARC-U*STAR Program Manager

Department of Biology

Dillard University

New Orleans, LA  70122

Phone:  504-816-5007

Email: othomas@dilard.edu

 

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