Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
Program Description

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) designed the MARC program to prepare Juniors and Seniors majoring in biomedical sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry) and physical sciences (Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science) for PhD level careers. The program prepares qualified students by providing strong foundations in science, enrichment through honors courses, and high quality research experiences under the guidance of faculty mentors.

The goal of the SFSU MARC program is ultimately to prepare a diverse student population for entrance into top-rated PhD programs in the biomedical and physical sciences. At SFSU we provide a unique academic support system and a stimulating research opportunity to undergraduate students who have been historically underserved. The program prepares students to become research/teaching scholars. Upon completion of the baccalaureate at SFSU the MARC student is expected to gain admittance to a competitive PhD program. Or, if further preparatory work is determined desirable by the student, the program director and the faculty mentor, the student will enter a master's program and upon completion of the MS proceed to a PhD program. The program at SFSU incorporates the following:

Junior Year

Summer Full-time (40 hrs/wk) in the SFSU faculty mentor's laboratory
Doctoral School Preparation Workshop
Academic Year Core course curricula by advising
Laboratory research under the faculty mentor's supervision
MARC Honors Colloquia
Minority Seminar Speaker Series
Attendance at a professional scientific meeting

Senior Year

Summer Off-campus research internship at a major research institution
GRE Preparation Workshop
Academic Year Core course curricula by advising
Attendance and presentation of research at a professional scientific meeting
MARC Honors Colloquia
Minority Seminar Speaker Series
Laboratory research under the faculty mentor's supervision
Honors Genetics (for certain majors)
Application to PhD programs

The MARC program provides financial support annually (distributed in equal monthly stipends), plus 60% of tuition for the Junior and Senior years, and travel funds for attendance at a major scientific conference. MARC students receive this financial support to encourage full commitment to the goals of the program. All MARC students are expected to maintain a B (3.0) grade point average. Student performance will be evaluated each semester and those students making appropriate progress will be continued.

The MARC Honors program is funded by the NIH. All applicants will be considered.

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Last modified October 27, 2008