The University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) proposes to develop a new T34 training program (MIZZOU MARC)
that will train undergraduate students from groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research to enter
PhD programs on the way to becoming successful scientists pursuing careers in the biomedical workforce.
Underrepresented (UR) groups include students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds
(underrepresented minorities or URM), low income (Pell-eligible) students, and students with disabilities. The
mission of our training program is to facilitate the transformation of first-year and second-year students
interested in research into seniors who matriculate into doctoral programs, with the technical, operational and
professional skills that contribute to success in graduate school. To accomplish this mission, we have
established the following eight objectives:
Objective #1: To develop and maintain an inclusive and supportive Research Apprentice community
of 1st and 2nd year students.
Objective #2: To provide 1st and 2nd year students with opportunities to explore their interests in
Objective #3: To select a cohort of 10 rising juniors to be MIZZOU MARC trainees for their junior
and senior years.
Objective #4: To provide multiple opportunities for the MIZZOU MARC trainees to present their
research at national research conferences.
Objective #5: To provide training in responsible conduct of research (RCR) and in methods to
Objective #6. To provide training in the communication of scientific ideas through manuscripts and
Objective #7: To increase the number of trainees that continue in a biomedical research career after
graduation from MU.
Objective #8: To develop robust levels of science self-efficacy, science identity, perceived supports,
and satisfaction with mentoring relationships among the MIZZOU MARC trainees.
The MIZZOU MARC T34 program will implement a wide-ranging set of programmatic activities to achieve the
stated Objectives. The programmatic activities, based on best practices for retention and training of students
from UR backgrounds, as described in the literature, will develop the technical, operational and professional
skills that will enable our trainees to flourish in graduate school and develop successful careers as PhD