1. *Scientific Meetings
Attend at least one national or local scientific meeting per year while in the Program. You have the opportunity for presenting posters and giving a talk. This requires submission of abstracts prior to the meetings (be sure to give the MARC office a copy of your abstract). The MARC Program will reimburse travel expenses for Trainees between $750 -$1200 /year (dependent on budget), which includes transportation, hotel, and food (on approved per day limit).
2. *3.1 GPA
MARC U* Trainees must maintain a 3.1 GPA to remain in the Program. A student whose GPA drops below 3.1 will be placed on probation for one quarter. If the GPA remains below 3.1 for two quarters, the student will be dropped from the Program.
3. *Summer Research Experience at another University
MARC U* Trainees should spend one summer at another University in the US, preferably at an institution that has a MARC U* Program. Housing, food and transportation costs for the summer experience will be covered up to $3500 by the MARC Program. Must start applying to offsite summer research opportunities during the first year in the MARC U* Program (early Summer/Fall).
1. *MARC Special Classes
NASC 189, Reading & Analysis of Scientific Literature and discussion of topics related to the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR). This is a one-unit course that is normally offered in the Spring quarter and is taught by Dr. Ernest Martinez (and/or another Faculty Mentor). NASC 188, Introduction to Oral Presentations, is offered in the Winter quarter. This course is taught by Dr. Margarita Curras-Collazo. This is a 2-unit course.
2. *MARC Quarterly Meetings
MARC meetings with the Trainees are held with the Director and Administrative Director. Faculty Mentors are welcome to attend/participate. These meetings are an important and versatile component of the training program and are used (i) to monitor the students’ research progress via students short oral presentations (power point); (ii) to help identify and solve scientific problems; (iii) to provide complementary education on responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) and other bioethical issues in relation to their research experiences; (iv) to provide further assistance with any other issue related to program training (e.g., questions regarding preparation of the capstone presentation and written research proposal); (v) to meet invited Directors of Graduate Programs from other high-caliber institutions (e.g., Stanford) and learn about the process and requirements for admission into those high quality PhD or MD/PhD programs (generally Fall quarter); (vi) to meet other faculty on campus and hear about their research (generally Winter quarter); and (vii) for the students’ capstone research presentation, a polished 20 minute talk suitable for a presentation at a scientific meeting (during Spring quarter), during which the other attending MARC students are encouraged to ask questions and make comments.
3. *Present during the Annual MARC Summer Symposium
A Symposium is held at the end of the summer program, where the MARC U STAR Trainees and the Pre- Trainee MARC summer students present their research in a short talk (poster or oral presentation). This is attended by colleagues, faculty mentors, friends, and family.
4. *Take GRE exam
Must take GRE during the 2nd summer in the program (Also, MARC provides a one-time 50% discount fee voucher per Trainee for the General Exam administered via ETS).
5. *Apply to a minimum of three (3) PhD or MD/PhD graduate programs
Expected timeline to submit graduate applications is late Summer/ early Fall of your senior year.
8. *Apply to a minimum of one (1) post-baccalaureate (postbac) program
Expected timeline to submit postbac applications is late Summer/ early Fall of your senior year.
9. * In-Person Quarterly Check-Ins
Required to meet with Program Directors at least once per quarter by appointment only.
10. * Exit Interview for Graduating Seniors
During trainee's last quarter (Spring), all graduating seniors must meet with Program Directors to complete an exit interview. Students taking a gap year must meet with Program Director, Dr. Ernest Martinez. All MARC students should maintain contact with the MARC Program office after graduation from UC Riverside. The Administrative Director will periodically contact MARC Alumni via email for status updates post UCR graduation.