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LSU MARC Program

The LSU Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, provides high-impact research experiences to a diverse pool of undergraduates and prepares them for entry into graduate programs in the biomedical sciences.  The LSU MARC Program offers research training, financial support, mentoring, networking opportunities and academic preparation for motivated students. Our vision is to produce highly skilled, competitive, and productive young scientists who will fill a national need, and enhance LSU faculty mentoring, inclusion, collaborative research, community engagement and outreach activities.


  • Minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application;
  • Full-time student majoring in a STEM-related discipline and an interest in biomedical research; 
  • Junior or senior standing (completed 60 or more credit hours) and has two years remaining at LSU at the start of the program;
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
  • Applicants must have an interest in increasing diversity within the scientific workforce. Eligible students include: undergraduates from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities and/or disadvantaged backgrounds.

If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact the MARC program manager or director.


  • Stipend of approximately $13,368 per year (12 month appointment). The stipend is disbursed monthly throughout year.
  • Trainees also receive tuition fee support (~$2,300 per year);
  • Travel funds to a national conference each year;
  • Funds to support a summer extramural research experience.

Continuation of funding will depend on satisfactory performance in the program and availability of funds from the NIH.

The MARC stipend will be part of your overall financial aid package; the Financial Aid office will adjust your financial aid package to ensure that you do not exceed your financial need. For more information, please contact the financial aid office directly.

Program Requirements

Responsibilities of MARC scholars include:

  • Engage in research during their 2-year appointment for 15 hours/week during the academic year and 30 hours/week for eight weeks during the summers.
  • Conduct off-campus research during one summer.
  • Enroll in and fully participate in the Scientific Research-Related Skills (SRRS) Course all academic year semesters.
  • Participate in monthly research seminars and other MARC sponsored events. 
  • Present research at a regional/national conference each year.
  • Participate in community outreach/mentoring activities.
  • Take GRE exam and apply for various fellowship opportunities.


Interested students must complete /submit the required application materials:
  • Complete the online MARC application. 

MARC Application

  • LSU Transcript (submit via online application)
  • Submit at least two letters of recommendation from faculty.

Letters of recommendation should be emailed to the MARC program manager or director. 

All application materials for the 2020 - 2021 academic year are due by June 24th. 



Program Staff 

Graça Vicente, Ph.D.
Director, Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program
Charles H. Barré Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
249 Chemistry & Materials Building 
Gretchen Schneider, Ph.D.
MARC Manager 
201 Chemistry & Materials Building


Isiah M. Warner, Ph.D.
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Boyd Professor of Chemistry
Tyrslai Williams-Carter, Ph.D. 
Director of Research, Education,
& Outreach Programs
Office of Strategic Initiatives



student Brandon Byrd in chemistry lab

Student Briasha Jones in front of her research poster

Sponsored Program

The LSU MARC program is supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award number T34GM136452.