Programs at UPR and UPR-RP
The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program for undergraduate students is part of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) directed to the scientific formation of participants selected from among the best undergraduate science students. Scientific research constitutes a fundamental part of this training. The main objective of this Program is to increase the number of Puerto Ricans and other minority groups with a Ph. D. in biomedical sciences. For this purpose, the Program provides stipends to participants in investigative training projects. These stipends have a duration of 24 months and begin the 1st of June of the first year of participation. There are more than sixty similar programs in different universities and the program of the University of Puerto Rico is the largest one. It has 31 undergraduate students and 91 of its graduates have continued doctoral studies, of whom 37 of which already have completed the Ph.D.
The Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program offers magnificent opportunities for minority students at the bachelor's and graduate level in chemistry, biology and mathematics to participate actively in biomedical research projects.The Program includes diverse areas of research such as: structural or developmental cell biology, neurobiology, biotechnology, organic synthesis, the chemistry of natural marine products, biochemistry, photophysics, photochemistry, bioelectrochemistry, and bioinorganic chemistry.
In addition, the program will help participating students strengthen their scientific preparation through workshops, seminars, visits to laboratories, trips to national and regional meetings, among other activities.