Brooklyn College has had a MARC program running continuously for over 20 years. Because of Brooklyn College's commitment to research our MARC students have had substantial and diverse opportunities to conduct research. Students have access to first class faculty as well as fully equiped research labs with core facilities featuring complex machines such as a transmission electron microscope and a BD FACS Canto Flow cytometer to a AREAC, our marine biology center, and the Diana Rogovin Speech and Hearing Center.
Besides being in a research active environment our students participate in seminars, conferences and summer internships where they are able to be part of a wider scientific community. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, from neuroscience and psychology to speech communication and health and nutrition sciences. In addition to the work they do in their classes and in their labs these MARC students are very active in their school and in their communities, from volunteering to poetry reading to student government.
There are two cohorts of MARC students that are running currently. Cohort 11 who are seniors and Cohort 12 who are juniors and have just been accepted to the program. Please click on the Cohort to take a look at our students.
Moses Feaster, a corporal in the Marine Corps Reserves, transferred to Brooklyn College in 2002. He majored in biology and eventually joined the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), which supports research in the biomedical fields here at Brooklyn College. He soon began working with Professor Jennifer Basil on research which investigated memory formation in freshwater crayfish.
In 2004, Moses applied to and was accepted to Brooklyn College's Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program, which offers students an opportunity to do research in the bio.medical fields with a faculty mentor and offers students considerable financial and academic support. He also became the recipient of the Rose Goldstein Memorial Scholarship, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships and the Dr. Mordecai Gabriel Scholarship. The following year as a result of the MARC program he spent his summer at Columbia University working with Dr. Virginia Papaioannoua on the role of the gene Tbx6 in the development of the mouse embryo. Moses spent his senior year with Dr. Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis in the Sloan Kettering Fellowship National Cancer Institute CURE program which supports cancer research.
In 2006, Moses was awarded a three-year NSF grant of $40,500 a year to pursue a Ph.D. in developmental biology in addition to several other undergraduate awards including an honorable mention in the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship program. While in the MARC program, Moses was encouraged to apply to several of the top biomedical research programs. He was accepted to Ph. D. programs at Cornell Weill, NYU, Columbia, Rockefeller, Mt. Sinai and Sloan Kettering. Moses eventually chose Rockefeller University to continue his education and began his studies in developmental genetics with full support including both financial and academic of the university.