FASEB MARC Peer and Faculty Mentors Network
From 1997-2005, the FASEB MARC Program co-sponsored and supported a half-day minority student program with the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) the Experimental Biology (EB) conference. This program provided undergraduate and graduate students with an exciting opportunity to meet world leaders in biological and biomedical research. The dynamic scientific atmosphere was motivating to young students to enter careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.
Building on this success, the FASEB MARC Program organized and developed MARC Student Day at Experimental Biology with the American Association of Anatomists (AAA), the American Association of Immunologists (AAI), the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP), and the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). Students had the opportunity to be paired with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who served as peer mentors for the students during the meeting. They were able to attend scientific poster sessions and oral presentations, meet and network with world leaders in scientific research and technologies, obtain information about summer research opportunity programs, visit the exhibits, and learn about career paths and opportunities in the Career Resources Center. Undergraduate students enjoyed and benefited from these experiences as first-time attendees, and the peer mentors were able to develop their mentoring knowledge and skills.
In 2008, the MARC Student Day activity was incorporated into the ABRCMS meeting. Through the FASEB MARC program, many graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty members who had previously participated as a FASEB MARC Peer Mentor welcomed the additional opportunity, and the program was a success. The FASEB MARC Program now works in collaboration with the ABRCMS management group to help plan and execute the Peer Mentoring Program for the ABRCMS meetings.
In 2011, the FASEB MARC Program introduced the Faculty Mentors Network to provide the more seasoned and experienced mentors with an opportunity to continue mentoring undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. Although they are no longer considered a peer, they are still here and are ready to provide guidance, information and support!
For more information about the FASEB MARC Mentors Network, or if you are interested in applying to join the FASEB MARC Mentors Network, please contact PeerMentor@faseb.org or call 301-634-7022.
Last Updated: 1/10/19
The FASEB Diversity Resources Program is funded by grants from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health. [T36-GM008637 and R25-GM116706]