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Summer program prepares students for Ph.D.

Twenty-two students are participating in research this summer in the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program June 1-Aug. 5 at New Mexico State University.

udents in their first year of the program are conducting laboratory research with the aid of mentors from the biology, chemistry, biochemistry, animal science and horticulture departments at NMSU. The students also are participating in three teaching components: bioethics, bioinformatics and a GRE pre-course.

"Bioethics is used to introduce students to their legal responsibilities as a research scientist," said Carol Turner, program coordinator for MARC. "The bioinformatics portion of the course is used to introduce students to how computers can assist in the labs. The GRE pre-course is an intensive training session for MARC students to prepare them to take the Graduate Record Exam."

Thirteen students in their second year in the MARC program are participating in summer research internships at such locations as the Harvard School of Public Health, Eli Lily Scholars Pharmaceutical and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

For information regarding the MARC program contact Turner at (505) 646-3476 or caturner@nmsu.edu.

Austin Craig
June 20, 2006