The MARC program is specifically designed to help students with an interest in pursuing biomedical science research careers in a PhD program. Thus, our criteria are heavily weighted toward identifying these students with the most promising potential for success. Below are the qualifications we consider.


  • Students should be in their Sophomore year when applying. The MARC program only funds students during their Junior/Senior years.
  • Career goals must include desire to apply to a PhD or MD/PhD program in the biomedical sciences. Student should not have a desire to pursue other professional degrees (MD only, MS, PharmD, etc)
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Students can not work any other off-campus job while a MARC Scholar
  • Students must be full-time status while a MARC scholar
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Students should have a demonstrated desire to pursue a research career. This can be evidenced by having completed or being currently enrolled in courses such as “Statistics in Biology (SBR)”, “Exploring Careers in Biology (ECB)”, “Principles and Practices in Biology (PPBR)”, or other research-related courses/experiences.
  • Students should be from a group that is underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, as per NIH guidelines.
    • Black, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander
    • Student with disabilities (physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities)
    • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (as per the new 2019 NIH guidelines).

Application Materials

  • 1-2 page max letter of intent: Describe why you are a good candidate, why you would be a good fit for the Rutgers Camden MARC program, how the MARC program will help you, and your scientific goals. Our goal is to understand WHY you want to pursue a research career.
    • In the letter, please indicate two potential MARC mentors (at least one of which is at Rutgers–Camden) who you would like to work with. See these faculty in the MARC mentors page.
  • CV/resume: Include your accomplishments, awards, jobs, etc.
  • Two letters of recommendation: Letters must be from faculty members you have either been taught, mentored, or advised by.

Application Process

Applications are currently closed, but will open in the Fall of 2020. Applications are reviewed in early February and interviews are held in March with final decisions by the end of March.