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 course work specifically designed 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.
- U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
- Full-time student at UHM
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) major – in CNS, CTAHR, CoE, and SOEST who are
- 3rd and 4th-year undergraduates (2-3 years left in undergraduate degree)
- Underrepresented students in the science fields
MARC Scholar Expectations
- Maintain satisfactory course work, in addition to MARC course work.
- 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
- 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.