MARC Research Day, 4/23

Montclair State University’s College of Science and Mathematics will be hosting its first MARC Research Day. The National Institutes of Health Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program is designed to encourage students from underrepresented groups to conduct research during their junior and senior years in preparation to pursue Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees in biomedical research. Dr. Reginald Halaby is the MARC Program Director and a faculty mentor. Students are selected by a highly competitive process by the MARC Steering Committee. Montclair State students Marcel Castor, Deanna De Vore, Vanessa Espinosa, and Anise Elie will be presenting their research from 3-5 p.m., in the Sokol Conference Lounge, Science Hall room 102.

A representative from Washington University in St. Louis will be speaking about acceptance into graduate schools (Ph.D and M.D./Ph.D Programs) and Dr. Karen Hubbard from The City College of New York (CUNY) will be speaking about how she became interested in academia and biomedical research. The MARC students are compensated by having 60% of their tuition and fees paid by the grant and they receive a stipend of $10,956 per academic year. The students are engaged in at least eight hours of research per week during the academic year and approximately 20 hours per week during the summer. Summer research can be conducted at Montclair State or other institutions in the U.S., or abroad. Students attend biweekly workshops on data presentation, data analysis, manuscript preparation, public speaking, GRE preparation, and experimental design. Departmental symposia are also available for them to attend as well as support for attendance to regional/national conferences to present their work.

For more information contact Dr. Reginald Halaby at 973-655-7982 or email