The FASEB MARC Program

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The Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program (formerly the Minority Access to Research Careers Program) was created by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The NIGMS MARC Program seeks to increase the number of highly-trained underrepresented biomedical and behavioral scientists in leadership positions to significantly impact the health-related research needs of the nation. Nationally, individuals found to be underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research include, but are not limited to:

  • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians (who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment) or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (Guam and American Samoa)
  • Individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds and those who come from an educational environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

For more information, please see NIH's Diversity Statement: "Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity" (NOT-OD-15-053).


The overall objective of the FASEB MARC Program is to help strengthen the research training opportunities for students, postdoctoral fellows and academic/research early-career scientists from underrepresented groups. A key objective of the MARC Program is the encouragement, preparation and support of underrepresented students in the pursuit of postgraduate education leading to the Ph.D., M.D.-Ph.D., or other combined professional degree-Ph.D. in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

For more than 30 years, the FASEB Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program has promoted diversity in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, as well as the training and advancement of underrepresented students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and scientists. We seek to provide access to resources and training that incorporate a variety of programs and benefits for these individuals. However, for FASEB and the individuals involved in the FASEB MARC Program, it is about much more than the resources, the training, and the access.  It is about making dreams come true and "Maximizing Access to Research Careers".

FASEB MARC Program Advisory Board

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The FASEB MARC Program Advisory Board was founded in Tucson, Arizona in September 2000 at an evaluation forum for the FASEB MARC Program.

Role, Mission, and Purpose

The primary goal of the FASEB MARC Program is to provide resources and access to programs, training opportunities and services that will help prepare individuals from underrepresented groups for entry into and participation in careers in research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The program focuses on increasing participation by individuals identified as being underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, but the Program is not limited to individuals and provisions are made to include others as appropriate. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to assist the FASEB MARC Program in developing, promoting, and revitalizing existing programs and to provide ideas for and input on proposed programs from the perspective of the users of the program.

Ms. Earnestine Baker
The University of Maryland,
Baltimore County

Dr. Jayne Reuben
University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Greenville
Society: ASPET, ASIP


Dr. Cheryl Gardner
Meridian Solutions, Inc.
Program Evaluator

Dr. Eduardo Rosa-Molinar
University of Kansas

Principal Investigator: FASEB MARC/IPERT

Dr. Georges Haddad
Howard University,
College of Medicine
Society: APS, ASPET

Dr. Thomas Smith
Howard University,
College of Medicine (emeritus)
Society: ASBMB (emeritus)


Dr. Sunny Ohia
Texas Southern University
Society: ASPET

Ms. Jacquelyn Roberts (FASEB)
Society: ACSM


Dr. Ken Pepion
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education


Last Updated: 09/22/16

The FASEB Diversity Resources are funded by grants from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health. [R25-GM116706 (IPERT), T36-GM008637 (MARC), T36-GM008059 (MARC)].


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