Cal State Northridge
College of Science &
Dept. of Biology
The Biology Department Newsletter
Volume 14: No. 1, Editor: J. Maxwell, Publisher J.W. Dole
California State University, Northridge
MARC/MBRS Program News
Sabino Herrera, a former
MBRS and MARC student, has been accepted to theVeternary Medical school at UC Davis,
where he plans to combine his research experience and interest in animals.
Cecilia Martinez has
passed her first set of exams for the Ph.D. at Purdue University, and Eric Villagas has passed all of his
exams for the Ph.D. at the Univesity of Pennsylvania. Both are former MBRS and MARC
students. Eric has recently submitted several manuscripts for publication.
MARC students Sonia Navarro, Maria Abundis,
Rosemarie De Ocampo, and Edward
Yamoah spent four days in Washington, D.C. at the national
meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
(SACNAS). Three former MARC students now in doctoral programs˝Claudia Garcia (Harvard), Luis Rodriguez (Cornell) and Jo Anne Del Rio (UC Irvine)˝also attended.
Jo Anne won the Vigil Award for outstanding presentation.
MARC students Huong Can, Alain Pendon, Dang
Huynh, and Julissa Sosa presented posters at the National Minority Symposium in NYC. They were
joined by Drs. Maria Elena Zavala and Randy Cohen. Julissa also attended a conference
in San Francisco for the American Society for Cell Biology where she won an award
for her outstanding poster presentation.
The purpose of the MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers)
and MBRS (Minority Biomedical Research Support) programs is to provide undergraduate
students experience so that they are competitive when applying to Ph.D. programs.
Program participants must be within two years of graduation, have a GPA of 3.0 or
better, have a desire for a career in biomedical research, and belong to an ethnic
group underrepresented in science (African Americans, Chicanos and other Latin Americans,
Pacific Islanders or Native Americans).
The MARC program provides a stipend of more than $8,000 yearly, tuition remission
of $1,500, and research and travel support. The program at Cal State Northridge is
well known for placing students at top Ph.D. granting institutions.
Funding for new MBRS projects is under consideration by the NIH. A decision should
be announced later in spring. These funds will provide support for students to conduct
research for PAY!
Qualified students are urged to drop by the MARC/MBRS office in Science 2310 for
Biology Graduate Student
Requirements for Admission
to Graduate Program
Students planning to pursue a Master's degree in Biology are encouraged to apply.
Says Dr. Paul Wilson, one of the program coordinators, "Applicants must submit
two applications, one to the University, another to the Biology Department."
Each unit uses its own form. Applications must be accompanied by transcripts of all
coursework previously completed.
Biology applicants must take the General and Biology GRE. Says Dr. Randy Cohen, the
other program coordinator, "Applicants who have not taken the exams are not
considered. Currently, Biology GRE scores need not be in hand at the time of application,
but definitely by the middle of summer." For information about the GRE call
the Testing Center, 677-2364.
The research interests of the Biology faculty are identified in the Biology Graduate
Bulletin available in the Department office, Science 2102.
Graduate Webpage Now
Says Dr. Paul Wilson, a webpage with information about the graduate program is now
up and running. It can be accessed at www.csun.edu/~bd46942. Says Dr. Wilson, "This
is the first version and it will take a few iterations to get it perfected."
Much of the work of preparing the webpages was done by graduate student Greg Benavides.