Welcome to the URMC PREP Program!

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The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry understands the importance of diverse student representation. The Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) offers a 1-year biomedical research training opportunity to students from historically excluded and underrepresented groups who want to pursue a research doctorate.  Our goal is to prepare students for successful entry into competitive PhD programs, as well as for careers as outstanding research scientists and leaders in the biomedical community.

1-Year Intensive Educational Training in Biomedical Research

  • Develop research training skills during a new 2-week boot camp
  • Acquire hands-on lab experience working on an NIH funded research project
  • Work with one of over 70 faculty mentors across our biomedical research labs
  • Receive full tuition scholarship to take graduate level courses
  • Improve your scientific writing and oral communication skills
  • Mentored focused training and network building
  • Prepare to be a competitive applicant for PhD biomedical graduate programs
  • Attend a scientific or professional development conference

PREP Scholars Receive an Annual Stipend of $33,882 and a re-location award of $1,000.

2024 Application is now open. The application deadline is May 1, 2024. 

Completed applications are reviewed, and offers are made on a rolling basis. The application will close after slots are filled. We encourage prospective applicants to complete their applications early.