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University of Michigan Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

The University of Michigan has an NIH-funded Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) designed to help underrepresented students who want to enter doctoral programs prepare to apply to excellent Ph.D. programs in the biomedically-relevant sciences. We are seeking students who have great potential to succeed in graduate school in the sciences, but for some reason are not quite ready to tackle the combined academic and research challenges of a doctoral program as the next step in their education. Often we expect these students will have discovered an interest in experimental science late in their undergraduate careers, or even after they graduated, and so have less extensive research experience. Since most graduate programs in the sciences now consider significant prior research essential to understanding the rigors of graduate school and a career in science, a year of post-baccalaureate research can make a significant difference in the ability of students to matriculate into and succeed in a graduate program.  

Michigan PREP Benefits:
  • One-year academic and research program starting July 1 each year
  • Financial package including tuition, salary ($21,000) and benefits
  • Over 150 potential faculty advisors from 6 schools and colleges
  • Possibility to enhance the program with a UM class as advised
  • Preparation course for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Participation in seminars, journal clubs, and social activities
  • Workshops to enhance preparation for graduate school and fellowship applications
  • Invitation to career development events
  • Opportunities to present research projects and discuss career development with faculty mentors
Applications to the 2013-2014 Michigan PREP will be accepted until April 19, 2013.  For more information on participant eligibility and how to apply, check out the PREP web site. The PREP admissions/advisory committee will offer admission to the program in May.
 
If you have any questions or require additional information on our program, please contact us by e-mail at m-prep@umich.edu.