Department of Biology
MSC 03 2020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

MARC: (505) 277-1760




About the Maximizing Access to Research Careers Program!

Funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health the University of New Mexico’s Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program offers research training and support to prepare our scholars for graduate school.  Our goals are to increase the number and competitiveness of underrepresented minorities engaged in biomedical research by increasing the research training opportunities for our scholars. MARC supports talented UNM undergraduates with training that directly prepares scholars for careers in biomedical research. The fields of research could be biology, chemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics, biophysics, mathematics, pharmacology, biochemistry, engineering or computer science. Only eight new scholars are admitted to this Honors undergraduate research program each year, which enables us to create a small supportive community of undergraduate scholars.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a full time student at the University of New Mexico-Main Campus
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Be 2 years away from graduation
  • Commitment to pursuing a Ph.D. in a biomedical research field
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Member of an underrepresented group: individuals belonging to a particular ethnic or racial group
  • Have completed at least the first 2 years (60 cr/hrs) of the curriculum leading to a B.S. degree in the “hard sciences”
    (e.g. Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, etc)

Program Requirements

  • Work in the research laboratory 15 hours per week during the academic year AND 40 hours per week in the summer
  • Carry out a research project for 2 years under the mentorship of a faculty member in the department of your choice
  • Must not have any additional paid employment
  • Work in the research laboratory full time in the summer

 UNM MARC Will Fund

  • Travel to scientific meetings with mentor or lab members to present your research results
  • Critical thinking and ethics courses.
  • One summer conducting research outside of New Mexico (required)
  • Stipend of $12,336.00 per year for your 2 year research project (monthly stipend of $1028.00)
  • UNM tuition after all other scholarships and/or grants have been applied (subject to available funding and NIH funding limits)

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