Maximizing Access to Research Careers Program (MARC)

Maximizing Access to Research Careers Program (link to MARC program page)

Maximizing 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 groups who are engaged in biomedical research and to strengthen science curricula and student research opportunities at institutions with substantial underrepresented groups enrollments in order to prepare underrepresented students for research careers.
MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U*STAR) Awards (T34) provide support for students who are members of underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences to improve their preparation for graduate training in biomedical research. These underrepresented 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 underrepresented 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.

Application Due Date
The MARC application is due April 15, 2014.  Call 646-3476 with any questions.
To Contact Us
Contact the MARC Office at:
Chemistry Building Room 292
Mary Jo Ruthven
(575) 646-3476

The major purpose of the program is to prepare undergraduate students for post-graduate studies in biomedically related sciences that lead to a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.
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