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The MARC U*STAR Program at UCLA

The MARC program is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.  This honors program intends to prepare highly able minority students for graduate programs at outstanding universities throughout the United States.  This page discusses the Benefits and Obligations of the program as well as the Eligibility requirements.

Benefits

The MARC program:

Obligations

MARC expects that trainees will:

Eligibility

Application
Available on myUCLA as a survey on:
February 27, 2012

Deadline:
March 26, 2012

or click on the direct link below:
https://be.my.ucla.edu/login/directLink.aspx?featureID=136&surveyID=291

NOTE:
if you cannot access the direct link, please be sure that you meet the ALL the eligibility requirements BEFORE emailing Ben Ha.

The MARC application has three parts. 1) Online application, 2) Two faculty letters of recommendation and 3) unofficial transcript(s)*

*If you are an incoming transfer student, you will need to email unofficial copies of your transcript(s) to marc@lifesci.ucla.edu. If you are a continuing UCLA student—DO NOT send transcripts, instead please indicate on the online application (by checking the box) that you would like the Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences office to print out your Degree Progress Report (DPR).

Applicant

Online Application:

Please draft the following essays on a word processing program and copy and paste into the online application.


Current Research Experience Essay/Research Proposal

Must be at least 100, but no more than 3500 characters (including spaces) The current research statement should be a brief summary of your research experiences, be sure to include:

  • Faculty mentor
  • Institution
  • Dates of participation
  • Brief summary of the Research Proposal (Introduction, Hypothesis, Materials & Methods and Actual Results (if any)/Expected Results)

If you are not currently conducting research, but have participated in research in the past please write about that experience. Additionally, please be prepared to list (3) UCLA faculty that you are interested in working with and provide a brief statement addressing your SPECIFIC interest in this lab.

Previous Research Essay

Must be at least 100, but no more than 3500 characters (including spaces).
You are not currently conducting research, but have participated in research in the past. Please write about the research experience(s) that you have previously participated in.
Please include
  • Faculty mentor
  • Institution
  • Dates of participation
  • Brief summary of the research (Introduction, Hypothesis, Materials & Methods and Expected/Actual Results)

Personal Statement Essay


Must be at least 100, but no more than 3500 characters (including spaces)
Be prepared to submit a personal statement that elaborates on all of the following topics:

  • Your family, education, and community background
  • Your career objective. Please explain how you think you will contribute to the MARC/NIH objectives, i.e., to increase the number of people from historically under-represented groups in biomedical research.
  • Factors that contributed to your decision to study science
  • Your previous research experience if any
  • Your particular area of research interest, why you wish to participate in the MARC program and how your participation may help you achieve your career goals

Unofficial transcript(s)/DPR

If you are an incoming transfer student, you will need to email unofficial copies of your transcript(s) to marc@lifesci.ucla.edu.

If you are a continuing UCLA student—DO NOT send transcripts, instead please indicate on the online application (by checking the box) that you would like the Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences office to print out your Degree Progress Report (DPR).

Letter Writer

Letter of Recommendation:

Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by the writer to Dr. Dwayne D. Simmons, MARC Program Director at marc@lifesci.ucla.edu

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the faculty letter is received by the deadline! Please be sure to contact your faculty EARLY to ensure that the letter is submitted on time on your behalf.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed; make sure that you have submitted all three application components and your mentor has submitted the letter of support by the deadline.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Sonia Zarate
URC-Sciences Administrative Director
2121 Life Science Building
310.206-2680
soniaz@lifesci.ucla.edu

Ben Ha
URC-Sciences Program Representative
2121 Life Science Building
310.206.2182
benha@lifesci.ucla.edu


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