Minority Access to Research Careers 

Minority Access to Research Careers Undergraduate * Student Training in Academic Research Program (MARC U * STAR)

Elizabeth City State University’s Department of Chemistry & Physics in the School of Mathematics Science and Technology announces the Minority Access to Research Careers Undergraduate* Student Training in Academic Research Program (MARC U * STAR) program funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The program is designed to increase acceptance rates of its participants and non-participants into research intensive institutions by increasing students’ competitiveness through rigorous academic pursuits and summer research internships as preparation for research careers. This grant has targeted 16 research-intensive institutions as external research training sites for the proposed E-MARC U*STAR participants as well as prospective institutions for their PhD education. This project will support eight trainees and they will receive each year, tuition, monthly stipend and additional training expenses. 

“ECSU students selected for the MARC program during their junior and senior years will receive individualized program support to enhance their chances of admission to competitive graduate degree programs. They will have access to special MARC courses and workshops in various aspects of responsible conduct of research and research ethics. Support will be provided to attend and participate in local and national scientific meetings where MARC students present research results along with professional scientists.

Program participants are undergraduate students with a 3.50 grade point average or above working toward a math or science degree. The program provides support to minority students in STEM majors to prepare them as competitive applicants for entry into doctoral programs. Services include participation in academic enhancement activities and summer research internship opportunities. E-MARC programming is a subsidiary of the MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) Awards. Students are selected for the E-MARC program during their final two years of undergraduate education to begin preparation for graduate level curricula.