How to Apply

MARC Application Deadline is April 1, 2020!

The MARC applications are reviewed in the spring semester. Feel free to contact the MARC office for information. The MARC Office is located at Hunter College on 68th Street, room HN 313.  You can also reach us by email: or

What constitutes a complete MARC application?
A complete application consists of the MARC application form, a personal statement, *two Hunter College science faculty references, and transcripts from any previously attended colleges.

To access the MARC application (which includes the instructions for the personal statement), visit the MARC office or complete application on-line by clicking link below:

Instructions for recommendation letters:  Applicant is encouraged to request early for recommendation letters from faculty.  Applicant is to provide recommenders the deadline date and the MARC recommendation form.

The recommender can obtain the recommendation form by clicking here or from the MARC office.

Recommender's Options for Submission:

EMAIL to Susana Vargas: (must be sent by recommender)

* HAND DELIVERED (must have faculty signature as a seal on envelope)



*Recommender submits to MARC address: Hunter College of CUNY, MARC Program (room HN313), 695 Park Ave, New York NY 10065

After the MARC spring application deadline date, the MARC Admissions Committee reviews applications and choose the finalists for interviews. 


MARC Program: 

The goal of the MARC program is to support and prepare underrepresented students during their last two years as an undergrad for entry into biomedical and behavioral PhD programs.   MARC students must have at least 60 credits when entering the program and are required to participate for two years while an undergrad. Balancing lab work and academics along with other commitments is imperative for the MARC scholar’s success.  MARC students begin conducting research the summer of their 1st MARC year and apply to PhD programs in fall of their 2nd MARC year.


MARC students have provided the following tips prior to you applying:

  • Visit the MARC office to learn more about the program  

  • Seek an advisor from your department and inform him/her of your research interests and career goals

  • Familiarize yourself with biomedical research conducted at Hunter (department science websites)

  • Explore research fields of potential interest to you

Get exposed to research through a one credit course, Science 200-section 2 offered every semester.  For more information on Science 200, see pre-MARC activities or visit the MARC office.