The UI-MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) is a NIH-funded T34 training program that supports the academic and personal success of underrepresented junior and senior University of Iowa students committed to pursuing a PhD or combined M.D./Ph.D. program after graduation (not the M.D. only). The goal of the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) research training program is to develop a diverse pool of undergraduates who will transition to research focused, PhD-related careers.
UI-MARC trainees have access to hands-on research opportunities, a faculty mentor, professional development workshops, competitive monthly stipends, and a strong community of students, faculty and staff with common goals.
In addition to carrying out paid undergraduate research for 10-12 hours per week, UI-MARC trainees will enroll in a Student Development Seminar (1 s.h.) each semester aimed at enriching student development at each stage of their college career. Coursework includes Critical Analysis of Research, Applying to Graduate School, Teaching Your Research and a Capstone Project. UI-MARC trainees also receive funding to participate in an external summer research experience or may also participate in an internal, 8-week summer program consisting of weekly professional development seminars.