Frequently Asked Questions
To be eligible for participation in the JABRS program, you must
- be a full-time freshmen (preferred) or sophomore undergraduate student at KU
- The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment.
- intend to participate in undergraduate research experience
- meet one or more of the underrepresented groups in STEM fields as recognized by NIH Notice of Interest in Diversity.
To be eligible for participation in the MARC program, you must
- be a full-time sophomore or junior undergraduate student at KU, including transferring to KU
- The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfaully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment
- intend to attend graduate school in a science-related field
- meet one or more of the underrepresented groups in STEM fields as recognized by NIH Notice of Interest in Diversity
Consistent with KU's Policy on Diversity of the Student Body, the purpose of the MARC program is to achieve greater participation of students from underrepresented groups in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of this country; consequently, women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups (e.g., economically disadvantaged, first generation, etc.) are especially encouraged to apply.
If you have a question about your eligibility, please contact the MARC Program Coordinator.
To maintain good standing in the program, you must
- maintain a 2.5 or greater cumulative GPA
- present your research at local and/or national symposia
- enroll in special seminar courses offered by this program at least once per year
- continue to make progress toward your goal of going to graduate school
- maintain a strong standing in continued collaboration with your research mentor
Students' progress in the program will be reviewed every semester.
In addition to providing students with a mentored research experience and supplemental coursework, MARC also provides personalized academic counseling, assistance selecting and applying to graduate programs, local presentation opportunities, travel support to attend national meetings, and other opportunities to enhance research and academic skills. Please visit the Student Benefits page to learn more about the advantages of MARC program.
A mentor is a KU or KU affiliated faculty member who can provide a research lab for an MARC student. Collaborative efforts between mentor and student serve to guide the research experience. Because your mentor shapes your research experience, the program coordinator is available to help you identify potential faculty mentors that fit your research interests and career goals. If you are a faculty member that is interested in hosting a MARC student in your laboratory, please contact the MARC Program Coordinator.