The Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is a one-year bio-medical research training program for recent college graduates from underrepresented groups considering graduate-level training in the bio-medical sciences. The program provides scholars with a year-long, paid, mentored research experience and the opportunity to develop technical and critical-thinking skills. PREP Scholars have the opportunity to take graduate level courses and a GRE preparation course and also receive formal advice on selection of graduate programs, preparation of graduate school applications, and preparation for graduate school interviews.
PREP scholars receive competitive stipends in the amount of $27,000 for the year. At the end of the program, they will have the skills necessary to successfully compete for admission into a biomedical Ph.D. program at VCU or another institution.
Eligible applicants must have graduated from college before the start of program on July 1. Students must be interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or a M.D./Ph.D. Applicants must have graduated in the last three years to be considered eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or non-citizen nationals. Proof of citizenship status or resident status will be required before the start of the program.
Students should apply using the online application and will need to complete a personal statement, provide three letters of recommendation from faculty members, and submit official transcripts from all universities previously attended. The application deadline is March 15.