VCU is lucky to host a number of NIH funded research training programs.
VCU Minority Access to Research Careers program provides research training in the biomedical sciences for individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research. Specifically, the program targets academically talented VCU juniors and seniors who are interested in biomedical research careers. The MARC program provides a stipend of approximately $11,000 per year and support for about 60 percent of undergraduate tuition. In addition to placements in research laboratories at VCU during the academic year, MARC Scholars are eligible for summer externships at other research-intensive institutions.
VCU Initiative to Maximize Study Diversity program provides research training in the biomedical sciences for individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research. IMSD Scholars are admitted as early as the end of the freshman year and are involved in program activities through their senior year. The cornerstone of the program is a series of mentored research experiences with VCU faculty members who are leaders in the fields of neuroscience, cancer biology, metabolic diseases, allergy and immunology, microbial pathogenesis, drug addiction or abuse, molecular genetics and others. IMSD Scholars have the opportunity to present their work at local, regional and national research meetings. In addition, IMSD Scholars enroll in a series of courses and workshops that provide instruction in basic concepts in biomedical research, preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and career development advice. 2015 Call for applications
VCU Bridges to the Baccalaureate “Dream to Goal Summer research program” is a 2 summer long research training program designed for motivated community-college students who are interested in exploring research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. This program will equip students with hands-on laboratory skills, provide research experience, and prepare them for successful transfer to a four-year college or university, and beyond.
VCU Post Baccalaureate Research Education Program is one-year bio-medical research training program for recent college graduates from underrepresented groups considering graduate-level training in the bio-medical sciences. The program provides scholars with a year-long, paid, mentored research experience and the opportunity to develop technical and critical-thinking skills. PREP Scholars have the opportunity to take graduate level courses and a GRE preparation course and also receive formal advice on selection of graduate programs, preparation of graduate school applications, and preparation for graduate school interviews.
PREP scholars receive competitive stipends in the amount of $20,772 for the year. At the end of the program, they will have the skills necessary to successfully compete for admission into a biomedical Ph.D. program at VCU or another institution.