MARC Activities

                                                                 FIRST-YEAR SCHOLAR SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES

ORANGE STAR THE ANNUAL NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH) GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR
Annual National Institutes of Health Graduate and Professional School Fair is held during the summer.
The fair takes place from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm on the Bethesda campus of the NIH. The Annual NIH Graduate
and Professional School Fair provides an opportunity for NIH summer Interns (especially those in college)
and NIH Postbacs, as well as other college students in the Maryland/DC area, to prepare for the next step in their
careers by exploring educational programs leading to the PhD, MD, DDS, MD/PhD, and other graduate and
professional degrees. More than 100 outstanding colleges and universities from across the U.S. send representatives
of their graduate schools, medical and dental schools, schools of public health, and other biomedically relevant programs
to the Fair in the hopes of recruiting NIH trainees.
The day also includes workshops on interviewing, getting to graduate and
professional school, MD/PhD programs, and careers in public health, psychology, and pharmacy.

This information was obtained from the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education
website:
https://www.training.nih.gov/

ORANGE STAR THE ANNUAL SUMMER INTERNSHIP WORKSHOP
The Annual Summer Internship Workshop is held at Morgan State University in the Fall semester.
The purpose of the workshop is to inform Scholars on the importance of obtaining a summer internship
during their collegiate career. The workshop is designed to provide MARC Scholars and undergraduate
students with the skills they need to find a summer internship that best fit their needs and schedule.
Topics discussed at The Annual Summer Internship Workshop include:
Developing a list of potential school to conduct a summer internship
Application process
Personal statements
How to assess what you need to accomplish during the summer internship
How to obtain letters of recommendation from your summer internship mentors
How to finance your summer internships
Programs that assist with the summer internship process
 


                                                                SECOND-YEAR SCHOLAR SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES

ORANGE STAR EXTRAMURAL SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
During the summer months, the MARC Scholars actively engaged in a 10 week independent research project and critical
thinking challenges under the supervision of a potential Graduate School mentor at an external laboratory. The Scholars
chose their summer mentor based on the possibility of matriculating into a Graduate School program at the institution
where the mentor works.

                                                                        ACTIVITIES FOR ALL MARC SCHOLARS
ORANGE STAR THE ANNUAL MARC MINI RETREAT
The Annual MARC Mini Retreat is held at Morgan State University in the Fall semester. At The Annual MARC Mini Retreat,
all Senior MARC Scholars will discuss their summer research projects through a 10 minute oral presentation. The Senior
MARC Scholars' oral presentations are followed by a question and answer session. All MARC Scholars must be in
attendance. Faculty Mentors are also enouraged to be in attendance.

ORANGE STAR INTRAMURAL RESEARCH WITH ASSIGNED FACULTY MENTOR
MARC Scholars conduct 15 hours of research during the academic year and 20 hours of research during the summer
months, with their Faculty Mentor. All MARC Scholars are responsible for submiting weekly timesheets and
monthly progress reports to the MARC Office. Weekly timesheets and monthly progress reports must be approved
by Faculty Mentors respectively.

ORANGE STAR THE SEMIANNUAL INTERDISCIPLINARY SEMINAR SERIES

The Semiannual Interdisciplinary Seminar Series is held on Thursdays during both the Fall and Spring semesters.
During The Semniannual Interdisciplinary Seminar Series, faculty are invited to Morgan State University from
across the country to give our scholars insight on their current research projects. The Semiannual Interdisciplinary
Seminar Series is open to the entire University.


ORANGE STAR THE ANNUAL SCIENCE CAREER WORKSHOP
The Graduate Science Career Workshop is held on the third Wednesday in September and is hosted by the MBRS-RISE
Program.  Its purpose is to provide Scholars with pertinent information regarding applying to PhD programs, 
the culture and environment of graduate school, and career pathways available to those who have attained a PhD.  
Scholars are engaged in panel sessions that focus on the aforementioned topics followed by exploration of Graduate 
School programs via graduate school exhibits.  The Graduate Science Career Workshop affords MARC 
Scholars with the opportunity to network with and glean valuable information from faculty on admissions boards
from visiting institutions, MARC/RISE alumni who are currently in the pursuit of PhD degrees, and PhD-holding
individuals that are working in dynamic areas of research and those that have carved out non-conventional and
successful career pathways for themselves.  Attendance for this event is required for all MARC and RISE students,
but the event is open to all Morgan students who desire to attain a PhD in science and social science-related areas
of study.

ORANGE STAR THE ANNUAL GRADUATE APPLICATION WORKSHOP
The Annual Graduate Application Workshop is held at Morgan State University in the Fall semester. The Annual Graduate
School Application Workshop is designed to disseminate information to current undergraduate students who are
interested in obtaining entrance into Graduate School. The workshop provides Scholars with the necessary tools required
for successful admission into Graduate School.
Topics discussed at The Annual Graduate School Application
Workshop include:
Financial aid opportunities
Admission requirements and deadlines
Graduate School application process
Interviewing successfully
Preparing personal statements

GRE test preparation
Graduate School campus contacts

ORANGE STAR THE SEMIANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL SHADOW DAY
Hosted by the School of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, The Semiannual High
School Shadow Day is held during the Fall and Spring semesters. The goal of The Semiannual High School Shadow Day is to encourage high school students to experience Morgan State University. As Student Ambassadors, MARC Scholars expose
high school students to a typical day as a college student through: attending lectures, meeting faculty members, and
discussing what academic majors and research programs are available throughout the University.


ORANGE STAR THE SEMIANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
Hosted by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, Student Affairs and academic schools, The Semiannual Open House is
held during the Fall and Spring semesters. The Semiannual Open House targets high school students, particularly high
school seniors seeking admission to Morgan State University. Participants attend an opening session where they meet
the academic Deans of the University, participate in an academic fair to introduce them to the undergraduate programs,
attend workshops on the honors program, residence life, and financial aid, and take a campus tour. Students also may
visit the School of Engineering; the School of Computer, Mathematical, and Computer Sciences; the School of Business
and Management, the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Education and Urban Studies, and the Institute of
Architecture and Planning where special programs are planned for Open House guests. For more information please
contact the Office of Admission and Recruitment, Montebello Center at 443-885-3000.

This information was obtain from the following website: 
http://ess.eng.morgan.edu/prospective_students/school_of_engineering/msu_fall_open_house.html

ORANGE STAR THE ANNUAL BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE FOR MINORITY STUDENTS (ABRCMS)

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is the largest, professional conference for
biomedical and behavioral students, including mathematics, attracting approximately 3,300 individuals, including 1,700 undergraduate students, 400 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists and 1200 faculty, program directors and
administrators. Students come from over 350 U.S. colleges and universities. All are pursuing advanced training in the
biomedical and behavioral sciences, including mathematics, and many have conducted independent research. The
conference is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical
and behavioral sciences, including mathematics and provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating
students’ success. More than 500 representatives from graduate programs at US colleges and universities as well as
scientists from government agencies, foundations, and professional scientific societies join ABRCMS in the exhibitors
program to share information about graduate school and summer internship opportunities. These representatives present
research opportunities, funding sources, and professional networks.


During the four-day conference, over 1,400 students participate in poster and oral presentations in twelve disciplines
in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including mathematics. All undergraduate student presentations are
judged and those receiving the highest scores in each scientific discipline and in each educational level will be given
an award during the final banquet.
This conference is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences
(NIGMS), Division of Minority Opportunities in Research Program (MORE) and managed by the American Society for
Microbiology (ASM).

This information was obtained from the ABRCMS website: www.abrcms.org

ORANGE STAR THE ANNUAL RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT IN RESEARCH/GRADUATE SURVIVAL SKILLS WORKSHOP
The Annual Responsible Conduct in Research and Graduate Survival Skills Workshop is held at Morgan State during the
last two days of the winter recess. The purpose of the workshop is to keep all attendees abreast on the proper etiquette
of conducting research. The workshop also gives Scholars helpful tips on surviving Graduate School.
Topics discussed at
The Annual Responsible Conduct in Reseach and Graduate Survival Skills Workshop include:

Ethics in research
Case studies
Laboratory Safety
Protocol and Procedures
Handling laboratory equipment
Working with human subjects

ORANGE STAR THE ANNUAL UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
The Annual Undergraduate and Graduate Research Symposium is held at Morgan State University in April at the Student
Center's Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom. The purpose of The Annual Undergraduate and Graduate Research Symposium is 
to allow Scholars to display the current research findings to the Morgan community. The Annual Undergradute and
Graduate Research Symposium is hosted by an external guest speaker and is open to all Universities nationwide.

ORANGE STAR THE BIENNIAL MARC STUDENT/MENTOR RETREAT
The Biennial MARC Student/Mentor Retreat is held at an external location. The purpose of The Biennial MARC
Student/Mentor Retreat is to provide mentoring and career life planning to past and present MARC Scholars. The Biennial MARC Student/Mentor Retreat is hosted by an external guest speaker. MARC Faculty Mentors and MARC alumni are encouraged to attend. Topics discussed at previous Biennal MARC Student/Mentor Retreats include:
Mentoring:
Decoding the language of mentoring
Establising mentoring needs and expectation
Working harmoniously with a mentor
Developing mentorship goals and action steps

Career Life Planning:
Decoding the goal setting process
Priotitization
Translating goals into time based time management
Avoiding procrastination
Handling stress and anxiety