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The University of Missouri’s Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) / Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) Program aims to identify and train the next generation of research leaders and innovators in biomedical and behavioral sciences.  It is a comprehensive program that integrates research, mentoring, academic and social support, and professional development that prepares participants to matriculate into graduate biomedical doctoral and medical/doctoral programs.  The MU MARC/IMSD Program aims to promote excellence and diversity in the sciences.

Through a grant from the National Institutes of Health, MARC/IMSD students are supported for research in labs throughout the academic year and summer.

The goal of the program is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in biomedical research who complete Ph.D. degrees in these fields. The program offers an opportunity to develop new or expand existing effective academic developmental programs, including student research internships, in order to prepare students from underrepresented groups for competitive research careers and leadership positions in the biomedical sciences.