The MARC (Maximizing 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 biomedical sciences. Providing Academic Research Training to Undergraduates. Funded by NIH, the goals of the MARC program is to increase the numbers and capabilities of minority scientist and science professionals and to prepare students for careers in biomedical research.

MARC Faculty Director

Alan M. Zahler, Ph.D, Professor

Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) also known as the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) program, provides participating students with the opportunity to receive an in-depth experience in the academic and experimental aspects of biological research. Funded through the National Institutes of Health, the program consists of a laboratory-training program during the summer and laboratory research projects during the academic year.

IMSD Faculty Director

Melissa Jurica, Ph.D, Professor 

Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

The California Alliance for Minority Participation is a statewide initiative that aims to support and retain underrepresented undergraduates to achieve their degrees in the biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering. CAMP is one of 42 national Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, funded by the National Science Foundation.  The program has served URM STEM majors since 1991. Our program is run in conjunction with the MARC/IMSD programs.

CAMP Faculty Director

Theodore Holman, Ph.D Professor

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The goal of the University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS) program is to educate California's future leaders by preparing promising students for advanced education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program is designed to identify upper-division undergraduate students with the potential to succeed in these disciplines, but who have experienced situations or conditions that have adversely impacted their advancement in their field of study. 

UC LEADS Program Director

Yulianna Ortega


Yulianna Ortega

STEM Diversity Programs Director 

Jack Baskin Engineering 135

Office #: 831.459.3761

Mailstop: STEM Div/MCD Biology

Xingci Situ

STEM Diversity Programs Coordinator 

Jack Baskin Engineering 139

Office #: 831.459.4770

Mailstop: STEM Div/MCD Biology

Daniela Bolaños

STEM Diversity Programs Assistant

Jack Baskin Engineering 137

Office #: 831.459.1011

Mailstop: STEM Div/MCD Biology

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