"Research: The key to graduate school success."

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MARC program?

The Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) training program offers an extraordinary opportunity for minority students seeking careers in biomedical research. This program is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institute of Health to Dr. Amybeth Cohen, Professor of Biological Science.

The goals of the program are to provide first-rate research training of undergraduate participants, to place undergraduates into respected graduate programs and ensure their success in those programs. To achieve these goals, the program will provide MARC Scholars with a solid curriculum, strong intramural and extramural research experience, personalized career and academic advisement and experience in presenting research data on the CSUF campus and at national professional meetings. Scholars will also gain exposure to a broad range of biomedical researchers through an enhanced seminar series in the Department of Biological Science.

One of the features of the program is that MARC Scholars will have the opportunity to work with outstanding CSUF faculty members from biological science, chemistry, biochemistry, bioengineering, biophysics, mathematics, computer science, and psychology. These faculty members will serve as mentors and thesis committee members.

What kind of support is provided?

Students selected for the MARC program are provided a stipend , tuition and fees waiver, funds for travel to local and national conferences , and funds for research equipment and materials. Thus, MARC scholars will have the opportunity to perform original research, meet visiting scientists, and get to travel to local and national professional meetings in their field of interest.

What are the terms of support?

Students selected for the MARC program must be able to participate in research for an average of fifteen hours per week during both semesters of the academic year and full-time for eight weeks in the summer. Scholarship appointments are for the last two years of undergraduate study. As part of their MARC studies, each participant will undertake a research project that will culminate in a senior thesis. Students will be required to attend departmental seminars, and to participate in BIOL 480M: MARC pro-seminar classes. In addition scholars will be required to take PHIL 316: Research Ethics and ENG 363: Scientific Writing during their participation in the MARC Program.

Who can apply?

For the MARC program, applicants must be from a minority ethnic background that is underrepresented in the biology, chemistry, biochemistry, psychology, bioengineering and other biomedical related fields; these include African-American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and Native American. Also considered are applicants who represent the first generation in his or her family (regardless of ethnicity) to attend a four-year university, or comes from a high school that does not send a high percentage of its students to a four-year college. Students from any ethnicity who can provide proof of financially disadvantaged status are also invited to apply to this scholarship program. Applicants must intend to pursue a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. program in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, psychology, bioengineering or other biomedical-related fields. The applicant must have junior standing at California State University, Fullerton by the first semester of participation in the MARC program or be at least two years from graduation. Also, the applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.2.

Who are the MARC faculty?

Biological Science: Dr. Esther Chen, Dr. Math Cuajungco, Dr. Amybeth Cohen, Dr. Hope Johnson, Dr. Alison Miyamoto, Dr. Nikolas Nikolaidis, Dr. Nilay Patel, Dr. Melanie Sacco, Dr. Marcelo Tolmasky

Chemistry and Biochemistry: Dr. Michael Bridges, Dr. Peter DeLijser, Dr. Paula Hudson, Dr. Maria Linder, Dr. Chris Meyer, Dr. Madeline Rasche, Dr. Fu-Ming Tao

Psychology: Dr. Iris Blandon-Gitlin, Dr. Jessie Peissig, Dr. Nancy Segal, Dr. Eriko Self, Dr. Jennifer Trevitt

Mathematics: Dr. Charles Lee, Dr. Mortaza Jamshidian and Dr. Angel Pineda



Where do I get more information?

Further information about the program and application forms can be obtained from Dr. Amybeth Cohen, CSUF-MARC Program Director, Department of Biological Science, MH-282, California State University Fullerton; Telephone: (657) 278-2178; Fax: (657) 278-3426, email: acohen@fullerton.edu. In addition, information can also be obtained from the MARC sudent assistant , Department of Biological Science, MH-488C, California State University Fullerton; Telephone: (657) 278-4251;

email: marcstudentassistant@fullerton.edu.


How can I apply?

Applications can be downloaded at using the link MARC 2015 Application: due March 16, 2015 on the home page.

Applications are accepted though March 16, 2015 and acceptances sent in late April/early May.