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About the MARC Program

What is MARC and why should I apply?

The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) training program offers an extraordinary opportunity for students seeking careers in biomedical research. This program is funded the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institute of Health (NIH). It aims to increase the number of disadvantaged students populations (including: ethnic minority, students with disabilities and low-income students are welcome to apply) who can successfully gain acceptance into graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. degree in a biomedical science (biology, chemistry, psychology, epidemiology and other social and behavioral sciences).

The goals of the program are to provide research training of undergraduate students to help prepare them for entry into graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences and develop their skills necessary to be successful 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 on-campus and at national conferences/meetings. Scholars will also gain exposure to a broad range of biomedical researchers through an enhanced seminar series in their respective departments.

What will I do in MARC and are the program requirements?

You will have the opportunity expand your research experiences, engage in critical examinations of current research, and increase your knowledge about the research field. You will also find many opportunities within research and exciting work related to your specific research interest. Additionally, you will be required to:

  • committed to the MARC Program for 21- 24 consecutive months
  • attend local and national conferences to present your research
  • complete a senior thesis in conjunction with your mentor and the MARC Program
  • participate in a Summer Research Experience outside of CSULB
  • apply and enroll into a Ph.D. Program at the completion of your CSULB degree.