The MARC U-STAR Program at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus, is designed to provide honors students with meaningful research related experiences, and a special science curriculum, coupled to scientific service learning and professional development activities that will improve their possibilities of entering and successfully complete doctoral programs in biomedical sciences.
The objectives of the MARC U-STAR Program at UPRM are:

  1. increase the knowledge (awareness) of freshmen and sophomore students from participating academic programs (PAP) about research careers and opportunities in biomedical sciences;
  2. increase the excellence and number of biomedical researchers from the PAP actively engaged in training, mentoring and role modeling of the UPR-M MARC students; and
  3. foster an effective undergraduate research environment through activities and experiences that develop a meaningful and pertinent biomedical research culture.