The Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program at Georgia State University is an undergraduate research education and training program grounded in research-focused STEM departments. Funded through a grant from the National Institutes of Health, the goal of the MARC program is to support students from underrepresented groups in preparing for careers in biomedical research, starting with undergraduate research and moving directly into Masters and Ph.D. programs in related fields. The MARC program is a 2-year commitment that includes paid research assistantships, required research presentations, summer research experience at a university other than GSU, some program-specific classes, and professional development workshops. 

APPLY HERE:  MARC 2019 Application

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 11:59 pm


·      Undergraduate, full-time, degree-seeking student at Georgia State University

·      Major in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science (Public Health), Neuroscience, Psychology, Public Health, or Biomedical Science and Enterprise (BIS)

·      GPA of 3.5 or higher

·      Motivated to conduct research with a faculty member, although prior research experience is not required.                                    

·      Expected graduation with a bachelor’s degree in Spring 2021

·      U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident

·      Individuals from demographic groups underrepresented in STEM fields are especially encouraged to apply (including those who identify as African American/African descent/Black, Hispanic/Latino/Latina, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, or Native Alaskan, individuals with documented disabilities, students receiving Pell Grant financial aid, and/or first-generation college-bound students).

·      All applicants must be hard-working, collaborative, persistent, and curious, with high attention to detail and good time management skills. 



·       Paid Research Assistantship at Georgia State (average 36 hr/week during Summer, 15 hours/week during Spring/Fall semesters)

·       Paid Summer Research Experience at Vanderbilt or Harvard in 2020

·       New classes including Futuristic Biotechnology, nanotechnology, immunology, etc.

·       Professional development workshops on scientific communication, various technical skills, research design, and more  

MARC Program Orientation

·       Required attendance at Research Orientation on April 22, 2019, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, 55 Park Place Suite 320

Professional Development Workshops

·       Wednesdays from June 5 through July 31, 12:30 – 3:30 pm, 55 Park Place Suite 320

·       Led by Kyle Frantz, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Weaver, M.S. (Education Specialist, Neuroscience), with guest instructors.

·       Topics include Getting into Graduate School, Task and Time Efficiency, Social Media Presence, Emotional Intelligence, and more.

Summer Research Symposium: August 7, 2019

·       Judged poster presentations on summer research accomplishments

Key Dates
March 8 – Applications open
April 3 – Applications deadline
April 8 – Interviews
April 15 – Notification of program invitation
April 19 – Acceptance due
April 22 – Orientations
May 28 – Program launch
June – Professional development workshops
July – Professional development workshops
August 7 – Summer symposium

Apply here: MARC

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