The University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez MARC Program, sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), has been designed to provide honors students with research related activities and a special science curriculum that will improve their possibilities of being accepted on a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. program and being successful in biomedical research graduate programs. The Program accepts students from the Biology, Chemistry, Industrial Microbiology, Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering Departments.

Development activities for all university Freshmen and Sophomore students:

  • Orientation on research careers and opportunities in Biomedical sciences
Junior and Senior MARC trainees:

  • GRE preparatory course
  • Trip to the national ABRCMS conference, to attend important seminars and present summer research
  • Summer research opportunities in universities in the United States
  • Weekly conferences about current issues in science research
  • Monthly stipend
  • Travel funds ($1,000 per year)
  • Research materials ($600.00)

MARC Program Spring 2018 Proposed Activities Agenda

Spring 2018
Thursdays 10:30 to 11:45 am, B-182
ROOM B-182
  • 15 UW-Madison, Dr. Nichole Monzon
  • 22 Welcome, review of MARC’s program objectives and semester activities description
  • 1 Life and Science before and after
  • 8 MARC’s Round table discussion – considerations and decision making before and after visiting graduate schools.
  • 15 Informative Meeting (for new prospects). MARC students must attend.
  • 29 Academic Recess
  • 5 Indiana University, Dr. Gustavo Arrizabalaga
  • 12 MARC’s students research lab. Meeting
  • 19 Workshop and Training in Instrumentation, Techniques & Technologies
  • 26 Workshop on basic concepts in oral and poster presentations
  • 3 MARC’s students research poster presentations
  • 10 MARC’s students research oral presentations
  • 17 MARC’s book club/Journal club
  • 24 MARC’s program accomplishments celebration and senior’s farewell activity