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Added on: July 15, 2016
Last updated: January 8, 2019

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) / Biology Scholars Advanced Research Program (BSHARP)

Program Overview / Impact

The overall goal of the University of California at Davis Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) / Biology Scholars Advanced Research Program (BSHARP) is to increase the number of talented underrepresented, disadvantaged and disabled students who become leaders in areas relevant to biomedical and behavioral research. The program provides students with intensive research experiences as well as with activities that enhance their critical thinking and communication skills and prepares them for entry into high quality PhD (and MD/PhD) programs.

BSHARP is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Maximizing Access to Research Career (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research Award (U-STAR).

How to Get Involved


To be eligible for BSHARP a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Able to commit 24 consecutive months to training and have completed the sophomore year
  • Have UC Davis Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) status or belong to an underrepresented* group in the biological sciences or have a disability
  • Have U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency

*Nationally, groups found to be underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research include, but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.


More Information

Students may apply online by visiting https://eeop.ucdavis.edu/marc. The application deadline is May 1.

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