Minority Access to Research Careers (M.A.R.C) Undergraduate Training in Academic Research-(U*STAR)

University of California-Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA.
Type Basic Science Research, Clinical Research, Test Preparation, Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, Health Disparities


The MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers) Program offers research training to participating students to help prepare them to compete successfully for entry into graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. in the biological sciences or into a combined MD/Ph.D. program. Funded through the National Institute of Health, the MARC program's goals are to increase the numbers and capabilities of minority scientists and to prepare students for careers in biomedical research and/or teaching. MARC is an honors program. Acceptance is competitive and based on above average academic preparation and performance. SUMMER INSTITUTE MARC students receive an initial eight-week summer laboratory-training program. An important component of the summer workshop is the preparation to independent research in a participating faculty laboratory. This workshop is devoted entirely to an intensive laboratory and lecture class in the methodology and concepts of modern biology and chemistry. Emphasis is placed on developing skills that are necessary for research participation. MARC Fellow can also choose to participate in extramural research during the summer. The summer program starts late June and runs through mid August. CONTINUING RESEARCH After completing the summer program students engage in a mandatory intensive research project in a participating faculty member's laboratory during the academic year. Course credit can be arranged by approval of faculty. Students have the opportunity to present their research findings at national conferences and symposiums. Participants can also apply for the MARC Pre-doctoral Fellowship, which covers the expenses of graduate study. MARC AWARD -Monthly stipend of $913 -Large portion of tuition and fees -Research Supply Allowance -Travel to Conferences -GRE Prep Course -Travel to Graduate Schools -Placement in a Research Lab -Program Support for Graduate School Applications -Led Study Group sessions - Finals Study Parties -Tutoring


ELIGIBILITY -Must be currently enrolled as a full time undergraduate UCSC student or an accepted transfer student -Show successful completion of or must be currently enrolled in the following course work: Biology 20A,B,C; Chemistry 1A,B, Chemistry 108A,B, or 112A and Math 11A,B or Math 19A,B. (Chemistry majors need not have completed Biology 20A,B,C, or 20L). -Some upper-division biology or chemistry course work experience is desirable, but not required. -Must be pursuing a graduate degree after your BA or BS degree -Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident eligible for work in the U.S. -Must Submit the application packet by the application deadline -MARC participants are expected to make a two-year commitment to the program and keep at least a 3.0 GPA. ***underrepresented students and those who have overcome socioeconomic hardships are strongly encouraged to apply.***

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MARC Faculty Director
Alan M. Zahler, Ph.D, Professor
Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, Mailstop: MCD Biology Office, UC Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone: 831-459-4770
Fax: 83-) 459-3139