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Prospective Trainees


The period of appointment for scholars participating in this post-baccalaureate program is for one year. Upon completion of the program, it is expected that PREP trainees will be strongly encouraged to apply for admission to the graduate program at the University of Rochester. Trainees will participate in training activities that will include:

  1. Performance of research in microbiology, virology or immunology, in an Graduate Research Assistant relationship (i.e., all trainees will be full-time Graduate Research Assistants under the mentorship of a program faculty member, at a salary of $27,200 per year). A major focus will be on achieving research independence in a manner that goes beyond the experience of the "typical" laboratory technician. Thus, all trainees will be expected to develop independent research projects which will be conducted in a closely supervised/mentored environment, with input from both faculty and peer mentors, and external oversight from a Supervisory Committee.
  2. Participation in an individually-tailored and tightly focused academic program of study. Each trainee will have the opportunity to take a limited number of classes, including courses with highly restricted enrollment..
  3. Ancillary training and enrichment activities.  This will include: participation in a PREP seminar series (with speakers to be invited and hosted by PREP trainees); career/professional development workshops (e.g., GRE preparation course, career roundtables); training in scientific communication; attendance at national research meetings; and an annual retreat/symposium.
  4. Emphasis on training in scientific communication skills. This will take the form of required coursework (Microbiology Student Seminar), and professional training (presentations at national research meetings); see above. In addition, all PREP trainees will be required to deliver a formal oral presentation on their research work each year at an annual program retreat/symposium.

Eligibility Requirements

The Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) at the University of Rochester has several specific requirements that participants must meet in order to be eligible to participate. These are as follows:

  1. PREP scholars must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  2. All participants must be a member of an under represented minority group, as defined by NIH. According to the NIH, individuals who have been found to be underrepresented in biomedically relevant research are: United States citizens who are African American, Hispanic American (including Puerto Rico), Native American, or natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands (e.g., Hawaii, Guam).
  3. All participants must have graduated with a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science from an accredited U.S. college or university no more than 36 months prior to the date of submission of the application.
  4. All individuals selected as scholars must intend to apply, within two years, for graduate education that will eventually lead to the research doctorate.

Note that the period of appointment for scholars participating in this post- baccalaureate program is generally for one year, but may be for up to two years. It is expected that if the PREP scholar performs satisfactorily, he/she will be strongly encouraged to apply for admission to the graduate program at the University of Rochester.

For information on the PREP and its required aspects, please visit the NIH Website.

How To Apply

Online Application

  • The 2018 online application is now open.
    • Create an account to start a new online application.
    • Create a new password.
    • Select: 2018 School of Medicine & Dentistry
    • Select: SMD 2018 PREP to create the application
    • Open: SMD 2018 PREP
    • Enter the required application information.
    • Sign and submit the completed application
  • All application materials are due by May 1, 2018.
  • Each applicant must fill out and submit a completed on-line application.
    • The applicant will be asked to provide names for two recommenders.  When the application is submitted, the recommenders will receive an email request asking them to upload a letter of recommendation for the applicant.
    • The applicant will be asked to upload scans of their official transcripts as part of the online application.  Applicants do not need to mail official transcripts to the program unless specifically requested by a program representative
  • Apply early and complete your application.