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30th Anniversary Logo MARC AND MBRS PROGRAMS
   Reach 30 Years

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 ago—an 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 biomedical scientists.

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.

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