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MARC Students - Rotating ImageThe Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) is actively seeking Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) students to participate in NIA's Summer Research Training Program. There are limited opportunities available so please apply early.

MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U*STAR) Awards provide support for students who are members of minority groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to improve their preparation for graduate training in biomedical research. These minority groups include, but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (including Alaskan natives), and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.

Trainees must be honors students majoring in the sciences who have an expressed interest in a biomedical research career and who intend to pursue postgraduate education leading to the Ph.D., M.D.-Ph.D., or other combined professional degree-Ph.D. The period of appointment to the MARC U*STAR Program is 2 years at the junior/senior level. Click here for a list of MARC U*STAR institutions.
Students can apply for the program electronically at the NIH Research and Training web site Under Institute/Center preference (item no. 9), select the National Institute on Aging (Baltimore or Bethesda). After you submit the application, please send an email to the NIA MARC Coordinator, Ms. Arlene P. Jackson,, to let her know that you have applied to the NIA MARC Program. Applications may be filed after November 15, 2008. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2009.
Ms. Arlene P. Jackson, NIA MARC Coordinator
National Institute on Aging
Biomedical Research Center
251 Bayview Boulevard, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21224-6825
Phone: 410-558-8121
Fax: 410-558-8209
The majority of research conducted by NIA's Intramural Research Program scientists takes place in Baltimore at the Biomedical Research Center and the Gerontology Research Center on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus. The Clinical Research Branch's Advanced Studies in Translational Research on Aging (ASTRA) Unit is located at Harbor Hospital, a few miles south of the Bayview Campus in Baltimore, Maryland. The section of Brain Physiology and Metabolism and the Laboratory of Neurogenetics are located on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, and the Laboratory of Epidemiology, Demography, and Biometry is located in the Gateway Building in Bethesda.
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