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Undergraduate Programs

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Scholars Program

The VCU Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Scholars Program (IMSD) provides research training in the biomedical sciences for individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research. IMSD Scholars are admitted as early as the end of the freshman year and are involved in program activities through their senior year. The cornerstone of the program is a series of mentored research experiences with VCU faculty members who are leaders in the fields of neuroscience, cancer biology, metabolic diseases, allergy and immunology, microbial pathogenesis, drug addiction or abuse, molecular genetics and others. IMSD Scholars have the opportunity to present their work at local, regional and national research meetings. In addition, IMSD Scholars enroll in a series of courses and workshops that provide instruction in basic concepts in biomedical research, preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and career development advice. 

IMSD Scholars are paid a salary during the research experience.

Eligibility 

Eligible applicants must be VCU undergraduate students and must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or non-citizen nationals. Proof of citizenship status or resident status will be required before the start of the program.

Application process

Students should apply using the online application and will need to complete a personal statement, provide two letters of recommendation from faculty members, and submit official transcripts from all universities previously attended and unofficial transcripts from VCU. Priority application deadline is March 15.

*** The deadline for VCU IMSD Undergraduate applications has been extended to March 20, 2017.  All applications and supplemental materials must be submitted on or before this date. *** 

For more information, please contact cohdtraining@vcuhealth.org.

 

Maximizing Access to Research Careers

The VCU Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) ) provides research training in the biomedical sciences for individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research.  Specifically, the program targets academically talented VCU juniors and seniors who are interested in biomedical research careers. The MARC program provides a stipend of approximately $11,000 per year and support for about 60 percent of undergraduate tuition. In addition to placements in research laboratories at VCU during the academic year, MARC Scholars are eligible for summer externships at other research-intensive institutions.  

MARC Scholars are admitted to the program during the fall of their junior year. At that time, they are matched with research mentors and begin their research projects. MARC trainees are encouraged to enroll in LFSC 301 (Integrative Life Science Research, or equivalent), BIOL 495 (Research and Thesis, or equivalent), and a non-credit research colloquium. MARC Scholars are expected to spend 15 to 20 hours a week in their research laboratories (actual time varies depending on mentor and project) and to continue their research throughout their junior and senior years. During the summer between the junior and senior years, MARC Scholars have the option of continuing in their VCU research laboratories or participating in a research externship at another institution. In addition, they have the opportunity to take a GRE-preparation course as well as receive assistance with preparation of graduate school applications.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants must be VCU juniors or seniors that have four semesters left and must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or non-citizen nationals. Proof of citizenship status or resident status will be required before the start of the program. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in research colloquia and summer research experiences before they apply. 

Application process

Students should apply using the online application, which includes a personal statement and requires two letters of recommendation from faculty members, and submit official transcripts from all universities previously attended and unofficial transcripts from VCU. 

For more information, please contact cohdtraining@vcuhealth.org.

 

*** Please note, we are not accepting applications for the VCU MARC program at this time. For questions please contact the VCU Center on Health Disparities at cohdtraining@vcuhealth.org. ***