“Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) is a special research training support activity of NIGMS. Its goals are to increase the number and capabilities of scientists from underrepresented minority groups who are engaged in biomedical research and to strengthen science curricula and student research opportunities at institutions with substantial minority enrollments in order to prepare minority students for research careers.
MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U*STAR) Awards (T34) provide support for students who are members of minority groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to improve their preparation for graduate training in biomedical research. These minority groups include, but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (including Alaska Natives), and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands. The program can also support efforts to strengthen the faculty, science course curricula, and biomedical research training programs and infrastructure at institutions with significant enrollments of minority students.
Trainees must be honors students majoring in the sciences who have an expressed interest in a biomedical research career and who intend to pursue postgraduate work leading to a Ph.D., M.D.-Ph.D., or other combined professional degree-Ph.D. The period of appointment to the MARC U*STAR Program is 2 years at the junior/senior level.”
Quoted from the NIH website.
What is MARC?
The Honors Undergraduate Research Program is made possible by an award to New Mexico State University through the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The major purpose of the Program is to prepare undergraduate students for post-graduate advanced studies in the biomedical sciences, leading to the Ph.D.
What Are The Benefits?
The successful applicant will conduct research in the fields of Physiology, Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry, Microbiology or Molecular Biology in the laboratory of an NMSU professor and will participate in periodic MARC meetings on campus. Research program summaries for all MARC Program professors are available at this web site.
During the summer between the junior and senior years, MARC Fellows will participate in an 8-10 week research experience at an off-campus research-site. Travel expenses to and from the host institution will be paid by the program. During the fall of your junior year, our office compiles information about these programs and helps the MARC students apply to them. This information is available here.
Fellows receive a stipend in 12 equal monthly installments of $969. Their in-state tuition and fees as well as student health services are also paid. All expenses are provided for the Fellow to accompany the Fellow’s research mentor to an annual, national meeting of the professor’s scientific society. All MARC students must take the Graduate Record Examination which will be paid for by the program.
Who May Apply?
Fellowships are competitively awarded to as many as 24 undergraduates who have expressed a commitment to pursue post-graduate biomedical education and who will have junior status at the beginning of the Fellowship. The students must have and maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0. These fellowships must be renewed during the senior year after a review of the student’s progress.
Acceptable majors are:
- Animal Science,
- Environmental Science,
- Molecular Biology,
- Range Science or Wildlife Science
Is Further Information Available?
Yes! For information and application material, contact the Program’s Coordinator– Mary Jo Ruthven (Chemistry Bldg., Room 292, 575-646-3476).
Or check out the NIH web site: http://www.nigms.nih.gov/about_nigms/ more.html#marc
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Apply to MARC
Please Note: Applications are normally considered twice a year. Application deadlines are approximately April 15th and November 15th each year. Please make sure your application is submitted no later than the above dates for consideration for the Spring and Fall vacancies.
Or please come by the MARC Office located in the Chemistry Building, Room W292. We would love to talk with you about the program and how it may benefit you!