Pre-MARC Program

With the Pre-MARC Program, students will receive hands on research experience under the supervision of a faculty member at a research-intensive institution during a ten-week period over the summer break. In order to be eligible to the program, students:

  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Must be interested in attending graduate school and obtaining a Ph.D.
  • Must complete the application form.

Download the Pre-MARC Program application form. 

Our 2016-2017 Pre-MARC Trainee Students


Alexis Amaya, Biology major

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Summer Research: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Career Aspirations: After graduating from St. Mary’s, I plan to pursue a M.D./Ph.D. in pathology. I hope to continue in that field of study and then become a certified forensic pathologist after my graduate studies.


Ruayda Bouls, Biology major

Hometown: Harlingen, Texas

Summer Research : University of North Texas Health Science Center

Career Aspirations: I want to pursue a career in research or become a medical doctor, particularly a cardiologist.


Claudia Moreno Romero, Biology major

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Summer Research: University of Texas Southwestern Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)-Cancer Program

Faculty Mentor: Richard Bruick, Ph.D.

Career Aspirations: I would like to become a pediatric surgeon.


Nilusha Navodiya, Chemistry major

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Summer Research: I will be spending this summer at Michigan State University engaging in their Pre-MARC program that includes the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Neuronal Structure and Function, the NINDS Neuroscience ENDURE Program, and a program for First Time Research Experiences in Environmental Health Sciences. I seek to gain an endless array of knowledge within biomedical research and hope to narrow down the field of research I want to pursue in the future.

Faculty Research Mentor: Bill Atchison, Ph.D.

Career Aspirations: I strive to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. degree so that I can fulfill my dream of becoming a neurosurgeon and conduct my own research, possibly within the field of neurology. I aspire to save and ameliorate the lives of others and contribute the products of my hard work to the community, and I could see myself doing this in no other way than working directly with patients and spending time inside of a lab attempting to find new solutions.


Isabella Salinas, Biology major

Hometown: Mission, Texas

Summer Research: University of North Texas Summer Multicultural Advanced Research Training program

Career Aspirations: I want to become a doctor of veterinary medicine with a Ph.D in biomedical research.


Simon Sanchez, Biophysics major

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Summer Research: Michigan State University, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Faculty Mentor: Bill Atchison, Ph.D.

Career Aspirations: After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Biophysics from St. Mary’s University, I aspire to continue my education in a graduate degree program and to conduct research on a professional level with the goal of eventually obtaining my Ph.D.


Clayton Trevino, Forensic Science major

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Faculty Research Mentor: Bill Atchison, Ph.D.

Summer Research: Michigan State University, NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Neuronal Structure and Function

Career Aspirations: I want to study in fields of applied research. My primary interests include fields related to pathology and its medicinal or forensic applications.