Background Image Caption: Jacob Gonzales, a MARC scholar, says that the program has provided many opportunities for research and gaining the skills and experience to pursue a Ph.D. program.

Stellar Student Research

Minority Students Prepare For Careers in Science

The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) training program offers extraordinary opportunities for minority students seeking careers in biomedical research. Working with leading faculty scientists, MARC scholars attend weekly seminars where they read scientific papers, learn how to develop research presentations and hear from guest speakers. They also attend and deliver presentations at local and national professional meetings.

Originally intended solely for members of minority groups, the program is now open as well to students who are the first in their family to attend a four-year university or who come from a high school that does not send many students to college. The program provides each student with an annual stipend of about $10,000, as well as funding for travel, supplies and materials. MARC also pays participants’ school fees and provides a preparation course for the Graduate Record Exams.

Established in 1995, the program is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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