MARC/BSHARP

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The overall goal of the University of California at Davis Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) / Biology Scholars Advanced Research Program (BSHARP) is to increase the number of talented underrepresented, disadvantaged and disabled students who become leaders in areas relevant to biomedical and behavioral research. The program provides students with intensive research experiences as well as with activities that enhance their critical thinking and communication skills and prepares them for entry into high quality PhD (and MD/PhD) programs.

BSHARP is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Maximizing Access to Research Career (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research Award (U-STAR).

Curriculum

BSHARP is a two-year program for upper division students.

Junior Year

  • Summer includes full-time faculty mentored research; and participation in weekly meetings covering topics such as research ethics, effective presentation design, poster presentation, journal club
  • Academic year includes part-time faculty mentored research; journal club; quarterly professional development seminar (BIS 198); presentation of research at a national conference and at the UC Davis Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference; science outreach

Senior Year

  • Summer includes full-time research at another institution
  • Academic year includes part-time faculty mentored research; journal club; quarterly professional development seminar (BIS 198); presentation of research at a national conference and at the UC Davis Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference; science outreach

Support

BSHARP:
  • pays for a portion of tuition and fees
  • provides stipends to undertake research projects in UC Davis faculty laboratory during the first summer & academic years
  • provides stipends to an extramural research experience at another university during the summer
  • provides funding for conference attendance and participation
  • provides professional development opportunities and advising

BSHARP Scholar Obligations

  • commit 24 months to the program
  • engage in research 10 hours per week during the academic year
  • engage in research 40 hours per week during the summer
  • participate in a research program at another university during the second summer
  • attend all regularly scheduled meetings, program workshops and functions
  • meet regularly with a BSHARP adviser
  • register for and attend the BIS 198 seminar quarterly
  • maintain competitive GPA
  • advise BSHARP staff if your educational goals change, and you are no longer interested in pursuing the PhD or MD/PhD
  • actively engage in their research lab, attend lab meetings etc.