Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its recent 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."
Program participants are undergraduate students with a 3.50 GPA 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 curricula.