The MARC and
MBRS programs are federally funded by the National Institutes of
Health to increase minority representation in biomedical research. As
honors minority programs, both provide research experience and academic
and financial support. The programs include intensive biomedical
research under the guidance of faculty mentors and some course work.
About thirty-five Hunter College faculty members are active in the
programs, representing the Departments of
Physics. Modern experimental methods and
tools are utilized, including Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Spectroscopy,
laser Raman Spectroscopy, Computer Analytic Techniques,
Gel-electrophoresis, Chromatography, Electron Microscopy, Molecular
Genetics and cell culture techniques.
The areas of science
research conducted at Hunter include Cell and Molecular Biology,
Cell Physiology, Biochemistry, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry,
Physical Chemistry, Biophysics and Biopsychology. Students travel to
present the results of their research at national meetings. They
also hear the latest biomedical research findings of prominent
symposium speakers and meet students from across the country.
Since 1980, the
annual minority symposium has been held in Atlanta, Albuquerque,
Washington, New Orleans, Miami, Los Angeles, Houston and Nashville
and other cities. The programs pay for travel and lodging.
Additional opportunities may arise to attend other national and
international scientific meetings.
Students are to participate in at least one
summer internship program, conducting research at another research
institute. They are also expected to participate in other on-campus
honors events and out reach activities. Two program courses
"Introduction to Biomedical Research"
(SCI-200 - sec 001, 1 cr.) and "Ethical
Conduct in the Natural and Physical Sciences" (SCI-302, 2cr.) are
required for all MBRS/MARC students. The courses features lectures
by Hunter College faculty, invited minority scientists and advanced
students in the program.