Welcome to MARC!

The Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) training program offers an extraordinary opportunity for students seeking careers in biomedical research. This program is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health to Dr. Amybeth Cohen, Professor of Biological Science.

The goals of the program are to provide first-rate research training of undergraduate participants, to place undergraduates into respected graduate programs and ensure their success in those programs. To achieve these goals, the program will provide MARC Scholars with a solid curriculum, strong intramural and extramural research experience, personalized career and academic advisement and experience in presenting research data on the CSUF campus and at national professional meetings. Scholars will also gain exposure to a broad range of biomedical researchers through an enhanced seminar series in the Department of Biological Science.

One of the features of the program is that MARC Scholars will have the opportunity to work with outstanding CSUF faculty members from biological science, chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, physics, mathematics, computer science, and psychology. Faculty members from these departments will serve as mentors and/or thesis committee members.



MARC BannerDesigned to provide first rate research training of undergraduate participants, to place undergraduates into respected biomedical graduate programs, and ensure their success in those programs. 


  • Stipend (~$13,500/year)
  • Partial tuition and feww waivers (60%)
  • Funds to conduct research in a CSUF lab
  • Work with faculty in ANTHRO, BIOL, CHEM, COMP SCI, ENGIN, MATH, or PSYCH
  • Travel funds to attend and present at conferences
  • Participate in summer research at a PhD-granting institution
  • Guidance in scientific writing and presentation skills, and graduate school application process


  • Must be two years from graduation
  • Must be from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, have a disability, or be from a socially-, culturally-, economically-, or educationally- disadvantaged background
  • Must be a US citizen or have a permanent resident status
  • Must show proof of Health Insurance
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Must be interested in conducting biomedical research and entering a PhD, MD/PhD, or other science degree program that includes a PhD. 


For more information: Dr. Amybeth Cohen (Program Director; acohen@fullerton.edu)