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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. 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 Mentoring Team.
  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., career stories, writing workshops); 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 identify as being a part of a group historically excluded and underrepresented in science as defined by the NIH and described below:
  • The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. 
  • Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. 
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as: 
    • Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels at
    • Individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career. 
  1. 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.
  2. 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, they 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 2023 online application is now open.
    • Create an account to start a new online application.
    • Create a new password.
    • Select: 2023 School of Medicine & Dentistry
    • Select: SMD 2023 PREP to create the application
    • Open: SMD 2023 PREP
    • Enter the required application information.
    • Sign and submit the completed application
  • All application materials are due by May 1, 2023.
  • Each applicant must fill out and submit a completed on-line application.
    • The applicant will be asked to provide names for at least 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. Interviews and offers are made on a rolling basis.