Fort Lewis College MARC - a Research Trainee Program

What is the MARC Program?

The primary goal of the MARC Program at FLC is to provide support to undergraduate students, who are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, to improve preparation for graduate training in a research based Ph.D. program.  Students apply to the MARC program during the second semester of the Sophomore year.  If accepted, students begin working with a Research Mentor during a summer research experience between the Sophomore and Junior years and continue in the MARC Program for the reminder of the Junior and Senior years.

Juniors and Seniors chosen for this two-year Research Trainee Program become active members of a scientific research community. This valuable opportunity, rarely afforded to undergraduates, is the best preparation for graduate training and a career in biomedical and behavioral science research.

At the center of the MARC experience is research. MARC Scholars will work on faculty-directed research projects about 12 hours per week during the academic year and 40 hours per week during the summer. The capstone of the MARC Program is a summer research experience at a research intensive university.

Additionally, MARC Scholars will participate in activities that enrich their research experiences, workshops designed to prepare them for graduate school and careers in biomedical and behavioral science research, and participate in peer recruiting activities.

Program Benefits


  • 2-year research traineeship for the junior and senior years

  • Year round research training

  • Monthly Stipend

  • Tuition and fee financial assistance

  • Travel assistance for scientific meetings

  • Funding for research supplies and materials

  • Health Insurance financial assistance



  • Opportunities to present research at regional and national meetings

  • Training in lab safety, Responsible Conduct in Research, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (GRE Preparation), Financial Literacy, Careers in Biomedical Sciences and Professional Skills

  • Participate in activities that enrich the research experience and participate in peer recruiting activities

  • Build your personal network of like-minded students and professional scientists!