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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 2021-2022 is now closed. 

The next application period will be during the Spring 2022 semester.

Program Components

Eligibility & Applying


Upcoming Events

The 2021 LS-PAC MODELS Diversity in STEM Conference

Investing in Human Capacity: Cultivating an Inclusive STEM Workforce through Education, Mentoring, and Social Networks

July 22-23, 2021


MARC Scholar Iyana Charles received 1st place for the College of Human Sciences and Education Monetary Award at the 2021 LSU Discover Day Symposium. 

LSU MARC Scholar Aaryana Jones was selected as a winner for her poster presentation at the 2020 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).   


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


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