The National Institutes of Health MARC U-STAR Training Program at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is a comprehensive educational program for third- and fourth-year undergraduate students which includes:

  • Innovative curriculum developments integrated into the program of study across STEM disciplines,
  • Opportunities to participate in research in a variety of contexts, including prestigious research universities,
  • Structured mentoring and advising, and
  • Financial support

MARC U-STAR is intrinsically interdisciplinary, and includes faculty and departments across the STEM disciplines at NEIU.


MARC Scholars present at the NEIU Student Symposium

MARC scholars presented their research at the 28th Annual NEIU Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium held virtually on Thu-Fri, April 22-23, 2021. Senior scholar, Vada Becker, won the award for best oral presentation in the Biology/Chemistry session while junior scholar, Erica Belloso, won the best poster presentation award in STEM. Congratulations to all our scholars! [more...]

MARC Research Thesis Defenses

Join us on Zoom for MARC research thesis defenses by our graduating scholars: JOIN HERE Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 3:00-3:30 PM Vada Becker: “Characterizing the Molecular Function of mus109 in Drosophila melanogaster“ Thursday, April 15, 2021, 3:00-4:00 PM 3:00-3:30 Christian Palaguachi: “What Role Does Gesture Play During Math Instruction?”  3:30-4:00 Luis Aldama: “Myxobacterial Phytochrome as a Model for Understanding Light-Regulated Enzyme Dynamics” [more...]