Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) at San Diego State University

San Diego State University
San Diego, CA.
Type Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, Basic Science Research, Post-baccalaureate Program, Test Preparation


The Maximizing Access to Research Careers Program sponsored by the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences was established in 1975 to help develop the talent and to increase the number Ph.D. degrees awarded among certain ethnic groups that have long been underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Groups that are presently underrepresented in the biomedical sciences include African-Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders. By contrast, the demand throughout the nation for Ph.D.’s in the biomedical sciences from among these underrepresented ethnic groups is unprecedented.


  • The MARC Program will award 6-12 MARC traineeships per year at San Diego State University. The target ethnic groups (mandated by the National Institutes of Health) for this program are African-Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans or Pacific Islanders. Students will be selected from majors that would allow them to successfully compete in Ph.D. programs in biomedical science or health related research (i.e. biology, psychology, chemistry, or health science). The MARC students who start the program as juniors may receive up to two years of funding and research experience under the program. Applications for the program are typically available in the spring and awards are made by June 1st of each year. Trainees for the program will be selected based of the following criteria:
    1. Full time academic standing at SDSU.
    2. Upper division standing (i.e. 60 or more completed units).
    3. Demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing a graduate degree (Ph.D.) in the biomedical sciences, biology, chemistry, psychology, epidemiology or other health related research area.
    4. A science and overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
    5. Letters of recommendation.
    6. Consent to complete the prescribed course of study and activities related to the MARC program.
    7. A subset of all applicants will be invited to a personal interview with MARC steering committee faculty and students.
  • Trainees will be assisted in the selection of a faculty research mentor. Each semester, trainees are given a book allowance and research supply money. In addition, some travel money will be available for each trainee to attend scientific conferences.

More Information


Thelma C. Chavez
Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)
SDSU College of Sciences-GMCS 322B
Center for the Advancement of Students and Academia
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-1016
Phone:(619) 594-7195