George and Judy Marcus established the Marcus Awards for Excellence in Faculty and
Student Research in 2018 to advance San Francisco State University as a pioneer in the integration of
scholarly work, research of all kinds, and lifelong learning for university students — especially for
undergraduates. The Marcus Awards are high-profile catalysts, encouraging faculty to
strengthen their teaching mission and their own professional development as scholars, while also
helping to recruit and retain the most productive and engaging faculty. Through the projects
funded, faculty will proactively involve more students in their research and other scholarly
pursuits to help enrich the education of our most promising talent. Personalizing the learning process through individualized research will have a measurable impact on student success and retention.