After receiving the Minority Access to Research Centers program scholarship, students must perform a research project in a biomedical field under the supervision of an approved faculty member, while simultaneously participating in three honors courses and maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or above. MARC scholarship recipients must also write and defend an undergraduate thesis based on their research and findings. Outside of their academic requirements, MARC scholarship holders are also required to take part in various seminars and workshops, as well as regional, national, and international meetings.
The Minority Access to Research Centers program also highly encourages its scholars to participate in a summer research program at an external laboratory after they have completed their schoolwork.
At Spelman College, the MARC program joins with the Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research to assist a greater number of minority students and teachers in pursuing careers in biomedical research.