The Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program offers research training to participating honors students to help prepare them to compete successfully for entry into graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences. Funded through the National Institutes of Health, the MARC program's goals are to increase the numbers and capabilities of underrepresented scientists and to prepare students for careers in biomedical research. Acceptance is competitive and based on above average academic preparation and performance.

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. Students receive intensive laboratory and lecture courses in the methodology and concepts of modern biology and chemistry. Emphasis is placed on developing skills that are necessary for research participation and professional development. The summer program starts late June and runs through mid August. MARC Fellows can also choose to participate in extramural research during the summer. 

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.

-Monthly payments of $1048

-Must be able to commit to 24 month period on MARC
-Guaranteed placement in a UCSC Research Lab
-Partial tuition and fees (varies depending on financial aid eligibility)
-Travel to conferences to present research and learn about graduate school
-Support for an extramural research experience in the second summer of the program
-Program Support for Graduate School Applications
**Students are responsible for their room and board costs during their first summer

-Must be currently enrolled as a full time undergraduate UCSC student or an accepted transfer student
-Some upper-division biology or chemistry course work experience is desirable, but not required.
-Must be pursuing a Ph.D. degree after the Bachelor's 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 and complete the interview process
-MARC participants are expected to make a 24 month 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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The application is due on Friday, February 12th, 2021.

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