MORE PROGRAMS AT XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA
 
 
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The MORE Programs (MARC and RISE) are funded by the National Institutes of Health. The programs are aimed at increasing the number of minority scientists in biomedical research careers.
MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) Program:  MARC began on campus in the early 1970s under the direction of Dr. Joyce Corrington.  The purpose of the MARC Program is to prepare minority undergraduate honor students for success in Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs.
The following qualifications must be met for acceptance into the MARC program:

  • A sincere interest in pursuing an advanced degree in biomedical science
  • Sophomore or above status
  • At least a 3.0 GPA
  • Major in biology, chemistry or biochemistry, mathematics, computer science, physics, or psychology

RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) Program:  RISE began on campus in 2003 under the direction of Dr. Cheryl Klein-Stevens.  The purpose of the RISE Program is to increase the interest, skills, and competitiveness of underrepresented students in pursuit of Ph.D. degrees and biomedical research careers.  The following qualifications must be met for acceptance into the RISE program:

  • A sincere interest in pursuing graduate studies leading to an advanced degree in biomedical research
  • Sophomore or above status
  • At least 2.7 GPA
  • Major in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, computer science or mathematics

RISE and MARC Programs Provide:

  • Research training with financial support
  • Summer opportunities at both on and off campus sites following the sophomore and junior years
  • Mentoring by science faculty members
  • Attendance at scientific meetings and conferences
  • Special workshops for skills enhancement and preparation for graduate studies

For additional information and application materials, contact:
Dr. Maryam Foroozesh, RISE Program Director
Academic Science Complex, NCF Annex 331, 504-520-5078, mforooze@xula.edu
Dr. Teresa Birdwhistell, MARC Program Director
Academic Science Complex, NCF Annex 341, 504-520-7370, tbirdwhi@xula.edu

 
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