Program Structure

You will select a research mentor from the large and diverse group of participating faculty. The Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) director, your individual PREP advisor, and other PREP faculty leadership provide guidance during the mentor selection process.

As a PREP scholar you will receive free tuition. You will receive an annual stipend of $27,200 during a 12-month period, and you will be provided with health insurance. Travel awards are available for national meetings. Many of our PREP scholars present their work at local and/or national meetings, and many of them have co-authored publications resulting from PREP research projects.


Mentored research constitutes a major commitment of your time during PREP.

  • You may take the fall course in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course unless you qualify for exemption
  • As a PREP scholar who may benefit from an enrichment course in Biochemistry before fall classes, you are invited to participate in the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) for 3 weeks during the summer of your PREP entry
  • As a PREP scholar you participate in monthly PREP works-in-progress series, led by PhD and MD/PhD students who are PREP alumni, in the first year; those who pursue a second PREP year alternate between works-in-progress and a special postdoc-led Journal Club
  • You are invited to attend Grand Rounds of the Center for Multi-Cultural and Community Affairs (CMCA) and to participate in CMCA-sponsored projects
  • As a PREP scholar you may participate in SEOS and other PhD activities of interest


Fall course options offered for PREP students include:

  • Molecular, Cellular, and Genomics Foundations (1 semester survey course in the Medical School curriculum, offered for a grade with an extra research paper)
  • Biomedical Science I (PhD course) and accompanying Introduction to Journal Club
  • Selected courses in the Master’s of Public Health curriculum
  • Biostatistics
  • Introduction to Neurosciences
  • Systems Biomedicine


Spring course options offered for PREP students include:

  • Biomedical Science II
  • Microbiology
  • Selected courses in the Master’s of Public Health curriculum


We encourage you to participate in a variety of campus activities and in regional PREP symposia. We will also provide you informative workshops and individualized guidance when you apply for a post-PREP program.