MARC AND MBRS PROGRAMS
This is a special year for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Not only is 2002 the year the Institute commemorates its 40th anniversary, it also marks a special commitment the Institute made 30 years agoan investment in minorities pursuing careers in biomedical and behavioral research.
July 30, 2002, marks the 30th anniversary of NIGMS'
Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) and Minority Biomedical
Research Support (MBRS) programs. These programs support research
and research training and are designed to increase the number of minority
For 30 years, the MARC and MBRS programs have supported
undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, as well as faculty
members. The programs have also provided funds for education and research
infrastructure improvements at institutions throughout the United
States. The MARC and MBRS programs have provided participants with
training opportunities, laboratory equipment and supplies, mentors
and role models, and, very often, a student's first experience in
a "real" research lab.
Opportunities provided through the MARC and MBRS
programs inspire and motivate the next generation of biomedical scientists
and provide a solid foundation for success.