Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program

What is the MARC Program? 

The federal government has determined that Hispanic/Latinos, African Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders are severely under represented in the biomedical research workforce of the United States. The MARC Program is intended to prepare students from these underrepresented ethnic groups for admission into prestigious graduate programs. We expect these students to complete their graduate training and join the biomedical research workforce around the country.

What are the MARC Program Elements?

The MARC Program will prepare students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups for professional research careers in the biomedical sciences. The MARC Program will involve third and fourth year honors students in an integrated academic and research environment that will include: (1) participation in an two-week Summer Research Training Institute offered by CSUSM science faculty; (2) enrollment in MARC Honors Courses; (3) participation in a Seminar Series; (4) an opportunity to conduct research at CSU San Marcos or at some approved external site; (5) comprehensive academic and career advising; and (6) preparation for the Graduate Record Exam along with mentoring in preparation of pre-doctoral fellowships. The primary objective of the MARC Program is to place students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into prestigious graduate schools around the country and to support their eventual participation in biomedical research.

Who is Eligible?

Hispanic/Latino, African American, Native American and Pacific Islander students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Juniors and seniors who plan to attend graduate school (M.S., Ph.D., or M.D. /Ph.D.) in biology, chemistry, psychology, computer science, math, and physics can apply.

What is the MARC Program Compensation?

The MARC Program will provide a $11,064 scholarship for living expenses. The MARC Program will also provide $ 1000 to defray research expenses in the laboratory where the students will conduct their research and fund travel expenses to a national scientific research symposium.