The MARC Program is a unique research, mentoring, financial and academic opportunity for undergraduates belonging to a group considered underrepresented in biomedical research and who have the interest and potential to pursue a PhD or combined PhD (e.g. MD/PhD) degree. The program is a two-year program intended for the last two years of a student’s enrollment at the University of Arizona.
Training activities include:
- Research training in labs of outstanding faculty at the University of Arizona. Faculty with active and well-funded research programs provide research guidance and intensive mentoring to participants.
- Annual national scientific meeting
- Colloquium course specifically designed for undergraduates in biomedical disciplines. Research talks are from scientists from other institutions, the U of A, or MARC program participants.
- Assistance with preparation for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- Assistance with preparation of applications to graduate school or summer programs including personal statement
- Training in the responsible conduct of research
- Training in scientific writing and presentation skills
- Overall mentoring and career guidance
Financial support includes:
- Monthly stipend (currently approximately $1,008 per month)
- Full or partial tuition and fees
- Health insurance, if needed
- Travel support
The expectation is that students who participate in the MARC program will be well-prepared to take the next step in pursuing their graduate education and a future research career in the biomedical sciences.