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MARC Program Accepting Applications for Spring 2014!

Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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Contact: 
Benjamin Ha (MARC Program Representative): marc@lifesci.ucla.edu

We are happy to inform you that the MARC Program is currently accepting applications for Spring 2014. The application deadline is Tuesday, April 1st. Please distribute and inform your students in person regarding this opportunity.

Applicant eligibility requirements include:

  • Working towards a degree in basic biological science (Biology, MIMG, MCDB, Biochemistry, PhySci or Psychobiology and other biomedical majors). Applicants should have attained Junior standing (completed 90 or more units) at the time that they are to begin as MARC trainees. They may also be a prospective 4th year senior who plans to say for a 5th year at UCLA.
  • The applicant must have a 3.0 GPA at the time of application.
  • Strong desire to pursue a career in basic research in a biomedical field.
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Must be a member of a historically under-represented racial or ethnic group such as American Indians/Native Alaskans/Aleuts, African Americans, Mexican Americans/Chicano(a)s, Latino(a)s and Native Polynesians (Hawaiians, Samoans, Guamanians).

As you may know, MARC is 2-year program designed for undergraduate students who are interested in biomedical research careers and who wish to pursue a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.  The MARC program will prepare the Trainees to reach their academic and career goals by training them to read, write and present scientific research in the weekly journal club.  Additionally, Dr. Dwayne Simmons, the MARC Program Director, provide the Trainees with 1-1 mentorship.  Lastly, Trainees also have the opportunity to build community with like-minded undergraduate researchers.

MARC also provides a stipend through financial aid, a partial scholarship for fees and tuition for the academic year, and gives the Trainee and his/her lab some funds for research support. The program also sends Trainees to at least one professional conference each year and supports travel and housing expenses to conduct research at another university during the summer. 

Students may access the MARC application by clicking on the direct link below: 

https://be.my.ucla.edu/Survey/SurveyMenu.aspx?featureID=136&surveyID=328

Additionally, the MARC application can be found at my.ucla.edu. Click on the survey icon on the left side bar, and then select: Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Application 

The MARC program is an outstanding opportunity that will further prepare you for your future and is another opportunity for you to grow as a scientist, don’t let it pass you by. 

For more information, please visit the MARC webpage (http://www.ugresearchsci.ucla.edu/marcintro.htm) or feel free to e-mail us. Please note that if students are planning to graduate by Spring 2015, then unfortunately, they would not be eligible to apply for MARC. Our apologies in advance if you received this email and your students fell into this category.

Thank you for your assistance with promoting the MARC Program!

Benjamin Ha
MARC Program Representative
marc@lifesci.ucla.edu