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NMSU research program prepares students for next level

The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) summer program at New Mexico State University will run through Aug. 5 and is helping students achieve their research goals.

Twelve students participating in their first year in the program are conducting laboratory research on the NMSU main campus as well as taking part in three teaching components. Eight students in their second year in the program are participating in summer research internships in various institutions around the country. The goal of the program is to prepare undergraduate students for post-graduate advanced studies in the biomedical sciences and help them attain doctoral degrees.

Among the institutions at which second year students are performing internships are the National Institute of Health Cancer Research Center, Stanford University, the University of Boston and the Mayo Graduate School.

"We find that the off-campus experience gives the student a new passion for their research," said Carol Turner, program coordinator for MARC. "They begin to see what others are doing in the field and how their work contributes to research that is published in national research journals."

The MARC program operates year round and has been active at NMSU for 31 years. During that time 285 participants have graduated with bachelor's degrees and about 80 percent have gone on to graduate programs.

In May 2007, seven NMSU MARC students graduated and were accepted into Ph.D. programs including those at Harvard University, Stanford University and the University of California San Francisco.

MARC is funded through the National Institute of Health and has recently received funding for five more years.