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MARC & RISE Program

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MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers) and RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) are federal programs funded by the National Institutes of Health, which aim to encourage talented minority students to pursue biomedical or behavioral research careers. These programs provide research opportunities with a faculty mentor, offer financial support in the form of stipends and tuition, travel to scientific meetings, as well as a range of other support to enhance students' academic success.

MARC and RISE are two distinct NIH programs. The MARC program is open only to undergraduates who have completed their first 2 years of study; trainees are limited to a 24-month period of support. MARC is an Honors program; thus MARC trainees are also expected to have somewhat higher GPAs and to be enrolled in Honors Research. Undergraduate RISE trainees may transfer to the MARC program if they satisfy the eligibility requirements. The CCNY RISE program does also support a limited number of graduate students.

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