Undergraduate researcher Chris Roberts featured in UNCG Research

Chris Roberts, Biochemistry major and undergraduate researcher in the Oberlies group, is featured in a recent UNCG Research magazine feature article about the MARC U-STAR program. This National Institutes of Health–funded initiative is working to broaden the pipeline of students from underrepresented or economically disadvantaged backgrounds into STEM with the ultimate goal of creating a more diverse research work force. MARC Fellows get hands on research experience during their junior and senior year to help them transition to graduate school or take the next step as a developing scientist.

Focusing on the biomedical and behavioral research fields, MARC U-STAR (Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research) offers talented students like Roberts the opportunity to improve their preparation for high-caliber graduate training by providing the experiences and relationships needed to pursue their career ambitions. Already a member of the Oberlies Research Group since his sophomore year, the support and mentorship provided by the MARC program have allowed Roberts to substantially increase the time he dedicates to research, both at UNCG and through a summer research experience at an external doctoral institution.

Read about Roberts and four fellow MARC scholars in the magazine feature So You Want to be a Scientist.