UVI Research and Technology Park



The Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program's mission is to increase the number of students that are prepared for competitive doctoral programs (PhD) that lead to careers in biomedical research. MARC is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is administered by program director Dr. Teresa Turner. The MARC grant supports students that are pursuing Bachelor degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Computer Science, Mathematics and Marine Biology. ECS scholars supported by MARC must be interested in a career in biomedical research, work closely with faculty mentors on research projects, follow a distinct curriculum and fulfill specific responsibilities. Students interested in learning more should visit our MARC Trainees page for more details.

UVI has had a MARC Program since 1992 is currently on a renewed five-year cycle (2011-2016).

Goals & Objectives

  • Provide students with a rigorous curriculum that develops both verbal and quantitative skills
  • Provide valuable research training opportunities for trainees
  • Provide trainees with a clearly articulated career pathway to admission to highly selective research universities and a structure for success
  • Develop strong partnerships with research-intensive institutions
  • Develop professional networks for UVI students and faculty
  • Increase the students’ understanding of the biomedical research needs relevant to the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean region, and the health of minority communities nationally


Program Director

Teresa Turner, PhD
College of Science and Mathematics
University of the Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Email: tturner@uvi.edu
Office: 340-693-1382
Fax: 340-693-1245