How to Apply


The primary goal of Spartan MARC U*STAR is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who pursue doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences. The central component of the MARC Fellows program is a
mentored-research experience to prepare students for graduate study. The research experience is supplemented by a series of program components that will increase students’ exposure to biomedical research, support their training and
development in a community of like-minded scholars, and enhance their preparation for the next steps in their careers. Each selected MARC Fellow will receive funding to cover tuition and fees (up to 15 credit hours/semester for fall and
spring semesters) as well as a living stipend of $11,628 for their junior year. If funding is made available by the NIH, then the funding will be extended through the senior year. MSU’s Spartan MARC program is funded by a grant from the
National Institute of Health’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Research Training: Each MARC Fellow will be placed in a mentored research experience for their junior and senior years. With input from the student about his/her research interests, the MARC program will facilitate the placement with a faculty mentor. MARC Fellows will be expected to devote ~10 hrs/week to their research experience. In addition, MARC Fellows will be strongly encouraged to pursue summer research experiences for which funding is also available.

Exposure to Biomedical Research: In partnership with groups across campus, MARC Fellows will participate in a series of seminars that will expose participants to the breadth and the implications of biomedical research.

Professional Development: In addition to intensive research training, MARC Fellows will participate in supplemental workshops designed to improve writing, enhance communication skills, and address other areas of students’
professional development.

Preparation for Graduate School Admission: The MARC program will support participants’ preparation for graduate school applications including opportunities to learn about various graduate school options, support for preparation of applications, and advice when weighing options.

Community Events: MARC Fellows form their own unique research community as they interact with the program staff and affiliated faculty. In addition, MARC Fellows will also have opportunities to interact with the broader biomedical research community on campus through co-sponsored programs and events.


  1.  Complete MARC Fellows Application form including personal statement and description of research experience byApril 6th, 2015. Fellows will be selected by the beginning of May.
  2. Identify a recommender (preferably a faculty member or supervisor of previous research) and list on application.
  3. Submit all materials to Dr. Justin Micomonaco, Co-Program Coordinator, Spartan MARC Program at
  4. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Micomonaco via email or at 517-355-2326.


  1. All applicants must be juniors by the beginning of Fall 2015 and planning to graduate in the Spring of 2017.
  2. Applicants must have a strong desire to pursue doctoral studies in a biomedical field resulting in a PhD.
  3. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  4. Applicants must be a member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic minority group such as American Indian/Alaskan Native, Black/African American, Hispanic or Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Or be an individual with adisability or from another disadvantaged background (e.g.., Federal disadvantaged assistance).