Brief Background

The mission of MARC-Hawai’i is “Hoʻoulu nā laeʻula akeakamai,” a Hawaiian phrase meaning “good mentoring leads to well-trained scientists”. Therefore, the mission of MARC-Hawaii is to provide training in biological research for a diverse group of UHM students, who are underrepresented in the sciences including Hawaiian/Part Hawaiian, other Pacific Islanders (Samoan, Tongan, Micronesian, Guamanian/Chamorro, mixed Pacific Islander), Filipino, Hispanic, African American; other Asians (e.g., Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian); iii) those from disadvantaged backgrounds, including low socioeconomic status and residents of rural outer islands, iv) gender diversity (LGBTQ), and v) students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities. 

The Two-year MARC Training Plan for juniors and seniors is summarized in Table 1. Each year, six UR STEM students will be accepted into the program. MARC – Hawaii includes 2 workshops, 4 semesters of coursework designed explicitly for MARC students, 4 semesters of mentored research, a course in responsible conduct in research (RCR), a summer research experience, as well as, meeting with MARC speakers, and participating in 2 national and several local meetings.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Full-time student at UHM (12 credits)
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) major – in  CNS, CTAHR, CoE, and SOEST who are
  • Upcoming 3rd and 4th-year undergraduates (must have 2-3 years left in undergraduate degree)
  • Underrepresented students in the science fields

MARC Scholar Expectations

  • Maintain satisfactory course work, in addition to MARC coursework. 
  • Conduct research part-time (Full time: Summer)
  • MARC Course work
    • 2-course credits for each of the 4-semester courses
    • Up to 4 credits of directed research per semester
    • 5-course credits for the Summer Research Experience 

Program Benefits

  • Financial Benefits
    • Paid tuition
    • Monthly stipends throughout Junior and Senior years
    • Funds for research and travel
  • Academic Growth
    • Mentored research internships
    • Opportunities to publish and present research
    • Graduate school application preparation

In addition to research training, MARC- Hawaii will provide trainees with a strong foundation and necessary tools for careers in biomedical research that will include assisting trainees in applying to PhD and MD/PhD programs; and helping students acquire the skills and confidence to communicate the value of their research to the lay-public, friends, and professional colleagues.

Program Schedule Overview