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LSU MARC Program

The LSU Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program provides high-impact research experiences to a diverse pool of undergraduates and prepares them for entry into graduate programs in the biomedical sciences.  The LSU MARC Program offers research training, financial support, mentoring, networking opportunities and academic preparation for motivated students. Our vision is to produce highly skilled, competitive, and productive young scientists who will fill a national need, and enhance LSU faculty mentoring, inclusion, collaborative research, community engagement and outreach activities.

LSU MARC is supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award number T34GM136452.

Prospective Students

The application period for 2022-2023 is now closed. Application deadline for 2023-2024 will be April 2024. 

Program Components

Eligibility & Applying


2021-2022 MARC Scholars

MARC Scholars


MARC Director and Professor Graça Vicente was named as a Boyd Professor, LSU's highest professorial ranking. 

Kiara Warren was recognized as an LSU Distinguished Undergradaute Researcher.

Aaryana Jones earned 3rd place in the undergraduate poster competition at the South Central Chapter - Society of Toxicology 2021 Conference. 

Biological Senior and MARC Scholar Alejandra Ham was highlighted for her contrinutions to a project studying drug resistance in ER+ breats cancer cells> Engineering feature 


Graça Vicente, Ph.D.
Director, Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program
Charles H. Barré Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
249 Chemistry & Materials Building 
Gretchen Schneider, Ph.D.
MARC Manager 
201 Chemistry & Materials Building
Isiah M. Warner, Ph.D.
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Boyd Professor of Chemistry
213 Hatcher Hall

Tyrslai Williams-Carter, Ph.D. 
Director of Research, Education, & Outreach Programs
Office of Strategic Initiatives
213 Hatcher Hall
Fall 2021 Newsletter


LSU Office of Strategic Initiatives
LSU College of Science
LSU College of Human Sciences and Education

LSU Department of Biological Sciences

LSU Department of Chemistry