The Pre-MARC SEP is a six-week summer program for freshmen and sophomores majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

During the summer program students will be introduced to:

  • courses and workshops on writing, mathematics, chemistry and research design
  • hands-on lab research experience on cardiovascular physiology, human physiology (or microbiology) and computational biology
  • lab skills needed to apply for research positions
  • opportunities to network with faculty and other research students
  • ways that prepare students for acceptance to the SDSU MARC Honors Program

Download an Application (Application MS-Word doc)

For more information contact Thelma Chavez
at or at (619) 594-7195


Meet the Summer 2014 SEP Students

students SEP Students and Dr. Cathie Atkins, Summer 2014


MARC and Pre-MARC Programs Highlighted in the SDSU Aztec Parents, The Aztec Experience Magazine

MARC and Pre-MARC programs are highlighted in the SDSU Aztec Parents, the Aztec Experience Magazine, fall 2014 issue with a short article entitled “Leaving a MARC”. It covers how MARC provides hands-on research experience and mentorship to underrepresented students. Also highlighted in the article is a Pre-MARC student who talks about how the Pre-MARC Science Enrichment Program (SEP), “prepares students to work in a lab setting while giving the insight into research careers and preparing them for the competitive MARC application process”. We are proud of the accomplishments students in MARC and Pre-MARC have made throughout the years and thank the National Institutes of Health for providing funds to the MARC program to allow the training environment that help students in the program become a success.

Access this Link to read the entire article on pages 20-21. This article was written by Whitney Mullen and Kimberly Lamke Calderon.

Supported by the NIH/NIGMS SDSU MARC Program, 5T34GM008303.