Upcoming Events:


Applying to the NSF GFRP – Workshop with Professor Kimberly Moran and Laura Collins

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Time: 11:20-12:20
Guest Speaker: Kimberly Moran (Associate Teaching Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Rutgers Camden) and Laura Collins (Assistant Dean, Honors College, Rutgers Camden).
Description: As part of our MARC workshop series, Laura Collins will introduce you to the NSF-GFRP, a flagship research grant undergraduates planning to pursue a PhD can apply to that pays their stipend and research expenses while in graduate school. Getting this grant is not easy, but it’s something all students considering a PhD should have their eyes on. Professor Moran will lead students in the session on discussing best practices for writing successful grants. While focused on undergraduates, graduate students are more than welcome to join!
Location: Zoom Room

Previous Events:


MARC Recruitment Event – #DisabledinSTEM with Dr. Joseph Zinski

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Time: 11:20-12:20
Guest Speaker: Joseph Zinski, PhD (IRACDA PennPORT Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania)
Description: In our MARC recruitment speaker series, we’re honored to have Dr. Zinski discuss his research on neurodevelopmental disorders, his career path in science, advice he has for students interested in following in his path, and his perspectives on diversity, equity, and inclusion related to scientists with disabilities. Many of you may already know Dr. Zinski as he taught SBR in the Fall of 2020 and is currently teaching a special topics course on the bioethics of genetic studies. We’ll also discuss how to apply to the MARC program! While focused on undergraduates, graduate students are more than welcome to join!

MARC Recruitment Event – #BlackinSTEM with Andre Toussaint and Dr. Ishmail Abdus-Saboor

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Time: 11:20-12:20
Guest Speaker: Andre Toussaint (PhD candidate, Wimmer Lab, Dept. of Psychology, Temple University) and Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, PhD (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, University of Pennsylvania)
Description: In our MARC recruitment speaker series, we’re excited to host two excellent neuroscientists working on a collaborative research project investigating how paternal morphine exposure can change an offspring’s sensitivity to pain. Both will discuss their research, careers, and perspectives on navigating academia as Black scientists. We’ll also discuss how to apply to the MARC program! While focused on undergraduates, graduate students are more than welcome to join!

MARC Recruitment Event – What can you BE with a PhD!?

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Time: 11:20-12:20
Guest Speaker: TBD
Description: So often, we think a PhD is only for people who want a research career. But the reality is that’s its for those who want a SCIENTIFIC career. Less than 50% of those who get a PhD in the biomedical sciences continue in a research role as their long-term primary career. The other 50% end up in a range of interesting career paths including non-profits, scientific consulting, entrepreneurial leadership, science journalism, public policy, education, science outreach, medical illustration, and others. While obtaining a PhD requires you to conduct a years-long research project of discovery, what you do after that is up to YOU. Come to this session to dispel the myth that a PhD is only for a career in research and learn how the MARC program can be a stepping stone for a wide variety of career directions. While focused on undergraduates, graduate students are more than welcome to join!

MARC Recruitment Event – #HispanicinSTEM with Dr. Maria Solesio

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Time: 11:20-12:20
Guest Speaker: Maria Solesio, PhD (Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Rutgers Camden)
Description: In our MARC recruitment speaker series, we’re excited to have Dr. Solesio discuss both her research on neurodegeneration and advancement through a scientific career as a Hispanic woman. Zoom in to learn about the role of mitochondria in neuronal death, gain Dr. Solesio’s advice for other Hispanic/LatinX trainees pursuing a career in research, and to learn about how you can apply to the RUC MARC research training scholarship program. While focused on undergraduates, graduate students are more than welcome to join!

MARC Recruitment Event – A conversation with Dr. Timothy Mosca

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Time: 1:45-2:30
Guest Speaker: Timothy Mosca, PhD (Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Thomas Jefferson University)
Description:  Dr. Mosca has agreed to meet with MARC fellows and other Rutgers Camden students right after his Biology Seminar entitled, “The first cut is the … maturest? Uniting neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration through proteolysis”. In this session, Dr. Mosca will discuss his research, career path, and Diversity/Equity/Inclusion. While focused on undergraduates, graduate students are more than welcome to join!

How to get Rec Letters and How to Present your Research

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Time: 11:20-12:20
Guest Speaker: Presenter TBD

Writing Personal Statements for PhD program and Summer Research Experiences

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Time: 11:20-12:20
Guest SpeakerKate Hacker PhD, current postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and former MARC fellow 

Applying to PhD and MD/PhD programs

Location: CNS201
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Time: 11:20-12:20 pm
Description: PhD students from Thomas Jefferson University (Stanley Conaway- ABRCMS Ambassador and 3rd yr PhD student, Elizabeth McDuffie – former MARC Fellow and 1st yr PhD student, and Weelic Chong – 4th yr MD/PhD student) will discuss their paths to graduate school along with their current research. Come to see how they navigated the application process and how they’re thriving in graduate school. Pizza lunch will be served!

UPenn MD/PhD Information Session

Location: CNS202
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm
Description: The RUC MARC program hosts Lawrence (Skip) Brass, MD/PhD who is a researcher at Penn and the Director of Penn’s MD/PhD program. At this session, Dr. Brass, along with his students, will discuss what doing an MD/PhD is like, how to get in, and tips for having a successful physician-scientist career. His students will also discuss how they navigated coming to college with a goal of pursuing an MD but once bitten by the “research bug”, how they pivoted toward an MD/PhD. This event is geared to Biology majors but all others are welcome to attend. Also….free pizza.