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The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program is a special research training activity of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The program goals are: To increase the number, and capabilities, of scientists from underrepresented minority groups who are engaged in biomedical research.

To strengthen science curricula and research opportunities at institutes with substantial minority enrollment in order to prepare those students for research careers.

About the program:
The University of Texas at El Paso is a participant in the MARC program and has 14 scholarships that can be awarded to suitable students. The scholarships are designed to commence for junior status students and are tenable for 24 months. Each successful applicant will be expected to pursue the following program:

Perform a biomedically-oriented research project under the direction of an NIH-approved faculty mentor.

Participate in three honors-designated courses.

Participate in various MARC and home departmental seminars, and various research workshops.

Participate in an Ethics in Science/Research class.

Write and orally defend an undergraduate thesis based upon their research activities.

Maintain a GPA >3.0.

Participate in regional, national and international professional research meetings as appropriate as an observer and/or presenting participant.

Continue with postgraduate studies aimed at obtaining either the Ph. D. or combined M.D./Ph.D. degree.

A strong recommendation to MARC scholarship recipients is that they participate in a summer research program at an extramural research laboratory. This can be a different university, a national laboratory or industrial laboratory. The exact location will be made in collaboration with the faculty mentor and program Director.

Student Eligibility
All student award recipients must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents ('green card' holders) of the U.S., and must reside within the U.S. or U.S. territories and, during the tenure of the scholarship, must be full time students.

Applicants must be science majors in the field of Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Psychology (BS), Mathematics or Physics.

Applicants must be close to at least junior status with minimum GPA of 3.0. The scholarships are awarded only to Junior and Senior students. Failure to maintain a 3.0 GPA may result in a student being terminated from the program.

Appointments & Stipends:
Application forms may be downloaded from this website or are available from the MARC office in Physical Science building, room 309B. The various deadlines are also available from the MARC office, but generally the late April, August and December, i.e. shortly before the end of each academic semester, are usual. You may request an application anytime during the year if you have not received one.

Upon completion the application forms, with a current academic transcript, should be returned to the MARC office or directly mailed to:
Professor - Keith H. Pannell
Department of Chemistry
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso
Texas 79968.

The application will be reviewed by an ad-hoc committee that will make recommendations to the Director as to those applicants suitable for subsequent interviews. Once the interview process is finished the Director will advise the applicant pool of the results.

Scholarship details
Once an appointment has been made, a semester stipend, is received (at present it averages ~$913.00 per month). The stipend is paid out once a semester, with the summer having three month's stipend, the fall having four months's stipend, and the spring semester having five months's stipened.

Tuition fees are paid by the MARC program up to a level of ~$3,000 per year + 60% of balance over $3000.

Funds to support student travel to, and participation in, research meetings; research supplies; etc are also available as approved by faculty mentors and the Director.

Application Form Please mail the application form to the given address .

Students may seek other scholarships that do not require research activities or are considered forms of employment.