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MARC-U*STAR supports student academic and research activities while they train to enter PhD programs. Students receive financial benefits, as well as professional experience required for doctoral program admission and success.
- Obtain "hands-on" research experience in research laboratories at UTSA or UTHSCSA and at one or more summer internships. Students have a project of their own and will publish their thesis, abstracts, and scientific papers.
- Students are expected to work 15 or more hours per week in the laboratory during the semester and full-time (40 hours) during the summer.
- To maximize their research exposure, students are not allowed to hold off-campus jobs while participating in MARC-U*STAR.
Financial (NOTE: This program will likely cause reorganization of your financial aid. See below.)
- Stipend ($969/month)
- Tuition benefits for Fall and Spring tuition ($7883/year)
- Travel and conference expenses for one (1) conference per year
- Travel, housing, and food support during Summer Internships (nearly guarantees admission to any summer program, with sufficient GPA and solid letters of recommendation)
All MARC-U*STAR participants are allotted funds attend one scientific conference annually. Paid is airfare, hotel (sharing a room), registration fees, per diem (generally a flat $35-$48/day for food when it is not provided), and other travel related to attending the conference. All other travel/entertainment is the responsibility of the student.
- RISE/MARC colloquium, seminar, and Lunch with the Speaker (direct professional training and networking sessions)
- Research Careers and Professional Skills Development course
- Off-campus summer research internship
- Leadership training
- Conference attendance
- Thesis creation and final oral presentation
- Course enrichment
Please note: Students at all levels should expect to spend sufficient time in their laboratory to complete their research projects. There will be times when undergraduates will have to invest longer hours to complete their projects. However, they should do so while keeping their courses in mind - do not sacrifice your grades!
The MARC-U*STAR program funds are considered a scholarship or stipend and are disbursed through the scholarship office. MARC-U*STAR will be inserted within your financial aid award - if you are getting loans, it will likely replace them, as well as some university scholarships. If you are at maximal financial aid (~$18K) and working off campus, you will need to assess whether MARC-U*STAR participation will cause financial hardship by replacing your financial aid as well as outside employment. When you are offered a position in MARC-U*STAR, please set up an appointment to visit with Mr. Christian Torres in the Financial Aid Office, to assess the program's impact on your finances.