Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)

For juniors or seniors majoring in biology, chemistry & biochemistry, computer science, math and physics.

Purpose: To prepare students from underrepresented groups (African-American, Native American, Hispanic American and Pacific Islanders) and students with disabilities for biomedical careers by providing academic support and a stimulating research experience. The goal of the program is to prepare each participant for entrance into a competitive graduate program and successful completion of a PhD in the biomedical or physical sciences.


  • $13,344/year and partial in-sate tuition for the junior and senior years
  • Summer research internship at SF State after sophomore year
  • Summer research at a major research institution after junior year
  • Travel to a major scientific meeting to share research results


Applicant eligibility:

Applications for the NIH MARC progam are closed as of 2021. This scholarship has been replaced by the NIH U-RISE program. Please see the U-RISE application page to apply for the new scholarship.