Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (MBRS)-Reseach Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program (RISE)

City College of New York
New York, NY.
Type Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, Basic Science Research, Test Preparation


MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers) and RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) are federal programs funded by the National Institutes of Health, which aim to encourage talented minority students to pursue biomedical or behavioral research careers. These programs provide research opportunities with a faculty mentor, offer financial support in the form of stipends and tuition, travel to scientific meetings, as well as a range of other support to enhance students’ academic success.

MARC and RISE are two distinct NIH programs. The MARC program is open only to undergraduates who have completed their first 2 years of study; trainees are limited to a 24-month period of support. MARC is an Honors program; thus MARC trainees are also expected to have somewhat higher GPAs and to be enrolled in Honors Research. Undergraduate RISE trainees may transfer to the MARC program if they satisfy the eligibility requirements. The CCNY RISE program does also support a limited number of graduate students


Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are Black, Hispanic, Native American or Pacific Islanders and who intend to major in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics are eligible for the MBRS Program. Students should have a strong interest in receiving a Ph.D. degree in biomedical science. All students must have good academic records and/or strong letters of recommendation. Students who are majoring in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics. MARC Program supports students who are Black, Hispanic, Native American or Pacific Islanders. MBRS Program supports students who are Black, Hispanic, Native American or Pacific Islanders. CRS Program supports all undergraduate students at the City College.

Please contact program administrator for program dates and dealines.

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Director- Biomedical Research Programs
Professor Myer M. Fishman
Dept of Chemistry, The City College of the city, University of New York
New York, NY 10031
Phone: 212-650-6601
Fax: 212-650-6107