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76 NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES 2101 CONSTITUTION AVENUE WASHINGTON, D. C. 20418 INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL NEEDS FOR BIOMEDICAL AND BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH PERSONNEL (202) 334-M86 APPENDIX B: Letter to Program Directors Dear Dr. : The National Academy of Sciences has been asked by the National Institutes of Health to conduct an evaluation of the MARC Honors Undergraduate Research Training Program. As Elward Bynum noted in his letter of April 17, we will be sending questionnaires to former MARC trainees as a part of our evaluation. In order to gather information that is unobtainable through surveys of former trainees, we also plan to visit several MARC institutions. Your school is one that we have selected to visit. There are two general topics which we wish to pursue: â What has been the impact of the MARC program on students and faculty members at your institution? â How has the science curriculum (both MARC and nonMARC) evolved over the life of the program? To minimize the disruption to your work, I was hoping to complete all of my work on your campus in a single day. (If you have any descriptive information about your program that you would be willing to share with us, I would be happy to review it prior to my visit.) I would prefer to begin my visit by speaking with you. Later I would like to speak with MARC trainees and, if possible, some potential candidates for MARC traineeships. Finally, I would also like to talk with several other faculty members involved in (or knowledgeable of) the MARC program. Our task is not to judge individual programs, but _Â£, stated objectives.As a general guide, I have enclosed to evaluate the overall success of the MARC program in meeting its â¢\g it! ^_^_^_^^__^ it of topics that I would like to discuss with the students and faculty members. I was hoping to visit your campus during the week of October 1, 1984. After you have had a chance to think about this request and discuss it with the relevant parties, I would be grateful if you could contact me at the Academy so that we could arrange the most convenient schedule. My telephone number is (202) 334-3186. If you or anyone connected with your program have any questions regarding the nature or purpose of my visit, please let me know. I look forward to meeting with you. Sincerely yours, oward H. Garrison, Ph.D. Project Director Enclosure
77 Discussion Topics for MARC Visits Issues for students Career goals Program activities Effect on GPA Source of information Role in research Interaction w/Principal Investigator Issues for faculty members Recruitment of students to MARC Selection of students Levels of faculty participation Institutional infrastructure and support Relationship of MARC to other programs (e.g., MBRS) Curriculum innovation Impact of MARC on nontrainees majoring in the sciences Statistical data comparing trainees to nontrainees Courses taken Grade point average