College of Science and Technology

Undergraduate Research Programs


Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) provides support for undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to improve their preparation for high-caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. level. The program also supports efforts to strengthen the biomedical research training at institutions with significant enrollments of students from underrepresented groups.

Here are some of the many students who have trained within our MARC program and gone on to pursue Ph.D. degrees:
MARC Scholar: Koran Harris (class of 2017)
Degree Program (current): Ph.D. in Oncology and Cancer Biology
Graduate Institution: Wake Forest University
MARC Scholar: Dr. Krystal Harrison (class of 2014)
Degree Earned: Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Graduate Institution: University of Michigan
MARC Scholar: Dr. Jamie King (class of 2012)
Degree Earned: Ph.D. in Cancer Biology
Graduate Institution: Emory University
MARC Scholar: Dr. Phillip Thomas (class of 2014)
Degree Earned: Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences
Graduate Institution: New York University Grossman School of Medicine

For additional information on the MARC program, please see the MARC Program Flyer.


Summer Research Experiences and Internships

Pursuing research experiences and internships at different institutions can be a meaningful way to develop your scholarly and professional interests outside of the classroom. Typical application materials to summer research programs include a one- or two-page resume, academic transcript, letters of recommendation, application forms, and one or two paragraphs describing your personal background and research interests. The Registrar's Office provides several different ways to request your official academic transcript. To help you get started, here is an example template document of a resume.

Generally considered, you will maximize your chances based on the amount of focused time you put into this process. This includes setting aside time to review the different programs listed on this page, conducting your own internet search, and taking time to invite feedback and suggestions from university faculty, university staff, and other professionals. It is a good idea to consult with your faculty advisor on potential opportunities that may fit your strengths and interests. The university's Office of Career Services in 101 Murphy Hall (336-334-7755; is also a place to find guidance with developing and editing your application materials.

To help you get started, here is a list of just some of the many opportunities that are available to undergraduates interested in research.