Hampton University MARC Program

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Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program at Hampton University is a premier scholarship program funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the NIH. The goal of the MARC program is to increase the number of well-prepared underrepresented (UR) students who matriculate into high caliber Ph.D. or combined M.D.-Ph.D. programs in the biomedical sciences and eventually go on to research careers. This program addresses the need to reduce the disparity in the number of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical research careers. The long-term goal of this program at Hampton University is to prepare HU graduates to be leaders in biomedical research by improving their preparedness for Ph.D. programs.

The Pre-MARC program is specifically designed for freshmen and sophomore students who are interested in learning about research careers and in becoming academically prepared for them. This program will increase and enhance the pool of MARC trainees at HU by developing the students' critical thinking, problem solving, quantitative reasoning, and research and communication skills. Participation in the Pre-MARC program will increase the student's chances of getting into the MARC program.

Students completing all the requirements of the Pre-MARC program will receive a certificate of participation of the pre-MARC program at the end of their sophomore year.

The MARC program, on the other hand, is a competitive scholarship program for junior and senior students. It offers the MARC trainees an interdisciplinary curriculum which will ensure their competiveness in PhD programs at research intensive institutes. The period of appointment to the MARC program is a consecutive 24-month period starting June 1st of the junior year. During this two year period, MARC scholars receive partial tuition and fees support as well as a generous monthly stipend. The MARC scholarship also cover in part the students' participation in academic year and summer research experiences in funded laboratories and their attendance at scientific conferences.

Students majoring in biology, biochemistry, mathematics and chemical engineering are eligible to apply for the Pre-MARC and MARC programs at Hampton University. For more details, please check the website for eligibility of Pre-MARC and MARC programs.

Have Questions?

Please contact Dr. Cecile Andraos-Selim, HU MARC Program Director, Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Biological Sciences; DU117; 757-727-5015; cecile.andraos-selim@hamptonu.edu

The MARC Program is Funded by NIH/NIGMS Grant #1T34GM105550-01A1