Maximizing Access to Research Careers

The MARC & Pre-MARC Programs

The MARC and pre-MARC programs provide support for undergraduate students from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, and who are interested in pursuing careers in biomedical research. Major components of the program include mentored student research experiences, enhancement programs in introductory science and math courses, enrichment activities such as group seminars, faculty and peer mentoring, and attendance at scientific meetings.

Contact Person:

Viena Thomas, Program Coordinator


Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)

Eligibility Requirements:

Must be:

  • Undergraduate sophomore or junior enrolled full time
  • Intend to attend graduate school in a science-related field

and meet one of the following:

  • First- Generation college students
  • Underrepresented group in biomedical sciences (student of color, women)
  • Economically disadvantaged

Why this Program?

  • financial support including tuition assistance and scholarship awards
  • extensive mentored research experience with a KU faculty mentor
  • personalized academic and career counseling
  • a network of current scholars, successful alumni, and faculty
  • specialized seminars, including scientific writing, quantitative/analytical methods, and how to prepare competitive graduate school applications 
  • opportunities to present research at national, regional, and local conferences, including financial support for materials and supplies such as poster printing
  • support for travel to national meetings
  • leadership and outreach opportunities held in collaboration with KU MARC's campus partners 
  • access to laptops and calculators

Application Window for Fall 2022:

Applications open May 1st, 2022