Program Overview




Program Overview of MARC Scholars: Students begin the MARC program at the start of June.  Students are expected to participate full days throughout the week during the months of June, July, and August attending the summer orientation schedule. 

MARC Orientation: The MARC orientation explains program details and tips for an effective research experience.  Workshops are given to enhance academic skill building and seminars for professional success.  Guidance is also provided in selecting a faculty mentor.


Research at Hunter College:  MARC scholars conduct research specific to their field of interest part time throughout the academic school year and full time during the summer months.  MARC scholars begin their Hunter lab research during the summer of their acceptance. MARC scholars have contributed important data to research projects resulting in them earning co-authorship on scientific publications. 

Program Course, Science 200-001 (Introduction to Biomedical Research)  

MARC scholars gain professional development through: 

  • Workshops: Time Management; Research Poster/ Presentation Skills; Personal Statement Preparations; Networking; Interviewing for Graduate School
  • Guest Speakers: Research talks by Scientists, Graduate Program Recruiters, and MARC Alumni who share their graduate school experiences
  • Interdisciplinary Research Training conducted by the MARC Director


ABRCMS Conference:  The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is a national scientific symposium where MARC scholars present their research, hear the latest biomedical research findings by prominent scientists, interact with students from across the country, and network with graduate recruiters. Travel and all arrangements for the four day ABRCMS symposium are paid by the MARC program.


Overview of MARC Scholars' Commitments while in the MARC program:

  • Be committed to participate in MARC for two full years
  • Maintain fulltime matriculation (12 credits) at Hunter College in an undergraduate degree program
  • Maintain at least a 3.00 GPA each semester
  • Take the GRE exam in the first semester while in the MARC program
  • Spend 15-20 hours per week conducting research at one of Hunter’s labs throughout the academic year
  • Attend a summer external internship program (typically 10 weeks)
  • Attend National and local conferences to present research
  • Receive Responsible Conduct of Research Training
  • Register each semester for the Science 200-001 course
  • Attend other activities specifically designed to broaden students’ knowledge base and preparedness for graduate school
  • Participate in a MARC student service activity to enhance student’s professional skills 
  • Apply to PhD programs in Senior Year


Summer InternshipA MARC scholar's research skills gained during the academic school year at Hunter College prepares him/her to complete a summer internship at another major research institution (typically for 10 weeks). 


Critical Thinking Workshop: The workshop focuses on strengthening a scholar's vocabulary, critical and analytical skills to help him/her with classes and GRE examination.  This workshop is taken at the start of the MARC scholar's appointment.
Responsible Conduct of Research Training:  As an undergraduate student involved in research related activities, a MARC scholar will be trained in the responsible conduct of research.  This involves both online and in person instruction.


Academic support: For challenging science courses, group workshop and tutoring is available.