Benefits and Requirements


MARC U-STAR Scholars receive:

  • An annual stipend for 2 years ($10,000 per year – junior and senior years)
  • 60%-100% of tuition paid for 2 years (junior and senior years)
  • Participation in research training opportunities and research immersion at NEIU during the academic year
  • A paid 10-week summer research experience at a research-intensive institution (transportation included)
  • Funding for travel expenses to present research at a professional conference
  • Informational seminars covering research-related topics and information on biomedical and/or behavioral science graduate programs
  • Academic, career, and personal guidance and support throughout undergraduate degree completion


MARC U-STAR Scholars are expected to:

  • Complete a research project with an NEIU faculty mentor
  • Complete a thesis based on researched conducted
  • Present their research at:
    1. NEIU’s Student Center for Science Engagement Symposium in the Fall,
    2. NEIU’s Student Research & Creative Activities Symposium in Spring, and
    3. At least one national academic conference
  • Complete a minor in mathematics at NEIU
  • Gain acceptance into, and commit to complete, a PhD program in biomedical and/or behavioral science