The purpose of the MARC/IMSD program is to achieve greater participation of students from underrepresented groups in the biomedical research enterprise of this country. For the purpose of the MARC/IMSD program, underrepresented groups include those reported by the National Science Foundation as well as the National Academies to be nationally underrepresented in biomedical sciences (i.e. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, natives of U.S. Pacific Islands and people with disabilities). Applicants may include and identify as any other categories that institutional policies have determined to be underrepresented in biomedical research fields with a strong rationale, appropriate references, and official validated documentation. This program is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue a career in biomedical research.


All first-year and second-year MU students and transfer students who intend to major in a life science discipline or seek a career in a life science field, and are from ethnic or racial groups that are “underrepresented” in the sciences are eligible to apply. Students must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents of the US.

To apply, fill out the application and follow the submission directions on the form.


MARC/IMSD Apprentices typically work 8-12 hours/week during the semester at $10.30/hour.

For more information and to apply online, please visit the MARC/IMSD website. For questions, please contact Brian Booton, 150N Bond Life Sciences Center, 573-882-4725,