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Maximizing Access to Research Careers


The MARC program is designed to provide junior and senior students extensive research experience with appropriate guidance to gain entrance to graduate biomedical research programs and to succeed in their graduate studies. The program is divided into several phases, with applications due in the spring prior to the student's junior year, and activities beginning starting the summer preceding junior year. The activities designed to enhance graduate research success include: Workshops every semester and summer for students enrolled in the Program. The workshops provide information and enhance skills in research basics, such as performing literature searches, critical analysis of research papers, research ethics, and how to examine, analyze and present data. In addition, the sessions are designed to prepare students for successful entry into graduate school, including strategies for preparation and applying to graduate programs.
The heart of the program is the opportunity for hands-on research experience. This activity starts in the first summer of the students' entry into the Program in the form of laboratory rotations and soon after in a mentor's laboratory. We monitor each student's progress through regular advisement, group meetings, student presentations, and written evaluations. Students gain awareness of the breadth and depth of sciences by attending departmental colloquia, student presentations, and internal and external scientific meetings. Interactions of MARC students with other students both encourages the non-MARC students to enter the field and builds self-confidence in the MARC students.

To maximize the students' ability to focus on research and other MARC activities without the distractions of outside employment, students are provided with a significant stipend and advised to take courses appropriate to their fields of interest for graduation in a timely manner. To assess the success of MARC, we undertake continuous evaluation of the programs at different levels. Evaluations of the programs is gathered from the students, mentors, group leaders, workshop coordinators, tutors, steering committee members and program director.

For a student to be eligible for MARC, they should advance the NIH goal of increasing participation of underrepresented minorities in biomedically relevant research careers. Therefore, they should be planning to enroll in an accredited Ph.D. or equivalent research degree program following graduation from Queens College. New MARC students should have two years (four semesters) remaining prior to graduation, and will begin in the summer preceding their Junior year. Students must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status, and have at least a 3.0 grade point average, which must be maintained throughout their tenure in the MARC program.

  • A significant stipend and up to full tuition

  • Personal advisement by faculty

  • Research experience

  • Workshops and information sessions

  • Research seminars

  • GRE preparation and aid with graduate school applications



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List of Mentors.pdf
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MARC Student Surveys--Combined 2015-2016.pdf
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QC MARC-Application-2016-17.pdf
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 Office Information

Dr. Zahra Zakeri
MARC Program Director
Building: NSB Room: E-110
Phone: 718 997-3417

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