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:

  • 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)


Thursdays 10:30 to 11:45 am, B-182
  • 24 Welcome, review of MARC’s program objectives and semester activities description.
  • (Monday 28th) National Research Mentoring Network, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; Q018
  • 31 Dr. LaRuth McAfee, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 7 MARC’s Round table discussion – considerations and decision making before and after visiting graduate schools.
  • 14 MARC’s students research lab. Meeting; Dr. Patricia Ortiz Bermúdez
  • 21 Life and Science before and after: Dr. Magda Latorre Esteves
  • 28 Workshop and Training in Instrumentation, Techniques & Technologies
  • 7 Academic recess
  • 14 RCR workshop: Drs. Dana Collins and Halley Sanchez
  • 21 Informative Meeting MARC (for new students ‘juniors’ summer 2019)
  • 28 From a BS to a MD/PhD program. By an MD/PhD candidate, and MARC-UPRM Alumni.
  • 4 MARC student’s orientation for the UPR-M community
  • 11 MARC’s students research oral/poster presentations
  • 18 Academic recess
  • 25 MARC’s book club/Journal club
  • 2 MARC’s program accomplishments celebration and senior’s farewell activity