Goals

  • To appropriately prepare undergraduate students, with a particular emphasis on Under-Represented Minority students (URMs), for admission into doctoral programs with biomedical and/or behavioral research focus
  • To implement a pre-trainee program that prepares MARC and other honor students for admission into doctoral programs with biomedical and/or behavioral research focus
  • To enhance the curriculum and mentoring infrastructure of STEM disciplines at NEIU by providing activities that integrate URMs into the scientific community.

Relevance to Public Health

Biomedical, quantitative, and behavioral sciences are playing an increasingly important role in disease prevention and treatment. MARC training funds allow NEIU, as the only four-year public Hispanic Serving Institute (HSI), to uniquely contribute to the need for a diverse and highly-trained workforce to lead our nation’s biomedical and behavioral research. The following elements were identified in our goals for an effective MARC program: (a) development of an academic curriculum that appropriately prepares URM students for graduate schools in biomedical and behavioral research, (b) immersion experiences that improve students’ understanding of biomedical and behavioral research opportunities through research and activities that establish URM’s membership in the scientific community and (c) financial support for trainees to facilitate students’ full engagement in academic and research activities.