The VCU IMSD Undergraduate program has transitioned to an NIH MARC in June 2023! This is exciting news for VCU and will help us better support our amazing students! We are currently recruiting for the 2024-2025 Cohort.

Maximizing Access to Research Careers Program


The VCU Maximizing Access to Research Careers Program will provide undergraduate scholars with financial assistance and support for professional growth! VCU MARC will provide research training in the biomedical or behavioral sciences for individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research. MARC will support undergraduates with two years of undergraduate study remaining. Scholars will join the program in June and are involved in program activities during summer, fall and spring through their graduating semesters The cornerstone of the program is a long-term mentored research experience with VCU faculty members who are leaders in the fields of neuroscience, cancer biology, metabolic diseases, allergy and immunology, microbial pathogenesis, drug addiction or abuse, molecular genetics and others. MARC Scholars will have the opportunity to present their work at local, regional and national research meetings. In addition, MARC Scholars enroll in a series of courses and workshops that provide instruction in basic concepts in biomedical research, research ethics, and career development advice. 

MARC Scholars will receive a stipend and up to 60% tuition. In addition, MARC scholars will have access to funds for travel to national conferences, and to summer research programs at other US institutions. Finally, MARC scholars will become members of the wider COHD training community creating a tight-knit cohort of like-minded-peers and your first professional network. 


Eligible applicants must be VCU undergraduate students and must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or non-citizen nationals. Proof of citizenship status or resident status will be required before the start of the program. 

Application process 

Scholars should apply using the online application and will need to complete a personal statement, provide one letters of recommendation from a science faculty member, and submit unofficial copies of transcripts from all universities previously attended. 

The application opens February 1st and the deadline is March 25th at 11:59 P.M 

  • Submit supplemental documents (letters of recommendation and unofficial transcripts) via email to 
  • All application supplemental documents must be submitted by March 25th. Qualified candidates are granted in person or virtual interviews prior to acceptance. 


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