Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)

Program Description


The MARC Program is a unique research, mentoring, financial and academic opportunity for undergraduates belonging to a group considered underrepresented in biomedical research and who have the interest and potential to pursue a PhD or combined PhD (e.g. MD/PhD) degree.  The program is a two-year program intended for the last two years of a student’s enrollment at the University of Arizona. 

Training activities include:

  • Research training in labs of outstanding faculty at the University of Arizona.  Faculty with active and well-funded research programs provide research guidance and intensive mentoring to participants.
  • Annual national scientific meeting
  • Colloquium course specifically designed for undergraduates in biomedical disciplines. Research talks are from scientists from other institutions, the U of A, or MARC program participants.
  • Assistance with preparation for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Assistance with preparation of applications to graduate school or summer programs including personal statement
  • Training in the responsible conduct of research
  • Training in scientific writing and presentation skills
  • Overall mentoring and career guidance

Financial support includes:

  • Monthly stipend (currently approximately $988 per month)
  • Full or partial tuition and fees
  • Health insurance, if needed
  • Travel support

The expectation is that students who participate in the MARC program will be well-prepared to take the next step in pursuing their graduate education and a future research career in the biomedical sciences.


Dr. Megan McEvoy   Program Director
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dr. Marc E. Tischler   Co-Director
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dr. Maria Teresa Velez   Co-Director
Associate Dean, Graduate College
Cindy Neal   Assistant Director 621-4667