The goal of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) training grant (T34GM141986) is to encourage undergraduates who are underrepresented in the sciences to seek research careers in biomedical research. Underrepresented students include Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Islanders, Filipinos, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, African Americans, Hispanics, under-represented Asians (e.g. Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian), as well as those from other disadvantaged backgrounds (e.g. disability status). Underrepresented individuals will bring diversity in backgrounds, life experiences, and ideas to the biomedical workforce.

MARC-Hawaii is a two-year training program designed to provide 6 (six) students per year with the technical, operational, and professional skills they need to apply to, be accepted in, and successfully complete PhD and MD/PhD programs at research-intensive universities.


  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Full-time UH Mānoa student 
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) major - in CNS, CTAHR, CoE, and SOEST
  • 3rd and 4th-year undergraduates (2-3 years left in an undergraduate degree)
  • Underrepresented students in the science fields
All questions regarding the MARC application process or the MARC program can be directed to You may also contact Program Director, Dr. Vivek R. Nerurkar ( or Assistant Program Director Dr. Angela Sy (

Rolling Deadline - Apply today! 

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