Butterfield applauds HHS for math and science grant to ECSU
Kesha Williams June 11, 2012
Congressman G. K. Butterfield recently applauded the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services for its grant of $309,232 to Elizabeth City State University (ECSU).
The grant, Elizabeth City State University Minority Access to Research Careers (E-MARC),
will be used to increase minority access to science, technology, engineering, and
math (STEM) fields.
"For generations minority students have been underrepresented in the mathematics and
science fields. Programs such as E-MARC address the need to balance the disproportionate
rate and reflect the changing cultural fabric of our society," said Butterfield. "I
would like to commend the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for taking
a vested interest in the students of ECSU as they work to bridge the gap of minorities
pursuing doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines."
The Elizabeth City State University MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic
Research (E-MARC U*STAR) program is designed to increase acceptance rates of its participants
and non-participants into research intensive institutions by increasing students'
competitiveness through rigorous academic pursuits and summer research internships
as preparation for research careers. This grant has targeted 16 research intensive
institutions as external research training sites for the proposed E-MARC U*STAR participants
as well as prospective institutions for their PhD education. This project will support
eight trainees and they will receive each year, tuition, monthly stipend and additional
training expenses. Dr. Ali Khan, provost and vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at
ECSU, says this grant will open additional doors for future research for participating
"ECSU students selected for the MARC program during their junior and senior years
will receive individualized program support to enhance their chances of admission
to competitive graduate degree programs. They will have access to special MARC courses
and workshops in various aspects of responsible conduct of research and research ethics.
In addition, support will be provided to attend and participate in local and national
scientific meetings where MARC students present research results along with professional
scientists," Khan said.
Program participants are undergraduate students with a 3.50 grade point average or
above working toward a math or science degree. The program provides support to minority
students in STEM majors to prepare them as competitive applicants for entry into doctoral
programs. Services include participation in academic enhancement activities and summer
research internship opportunities.
E-MARC programming is a subsidiary of the MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic
Research (U-STAR) Awards. Students are selected for the E-MARC program during their
final two years of undergraduate education to begin preparation for graduate level
Revised press release appears courtesy of the office of U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield