Thank you for your interest in PREP at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. At this time, PREP is not accepting any new applicants for Fall 2018 entry.

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.