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Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

Program Overview
ASU PREP is a post-baccalaureate training program for individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences who have recently completed the baccalaureate degree. PREP is designed to help prepare individuals with scholarly potential and strong motivation for acceptance into highly competitive doctoral programs and successful completion of a PhD or MD-PhD. Individualized development plans help prepare for acceptance into highly competitive doctoral training programs, opportunity to participate in extensive research to further develop experience and skills to improve competitiveness for and success. The objective is to increase the number of exceptional PhD graduates from underrepresented groups who move on to be leaders and contributors in the biomedical scientific community.

The objective of the Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is to prepare individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences who have recently obtained their baccalaureate degrees for successful completion of PhD or MD-PhD training programs. For the purposes of this funding opportunity, recent baccalaureate graduates are those who have graduated from an accredited U.S. college or university no more than 36 months prior to applying to the PREP and are not currently enrolled in a degree program. In order to increase their acceptance into rigorous doctoral training programs, PREP participants will receive extensive research experiences and take courses for skills development during a one- to two-year research apprenticeship, to further develop their scholarly potential and improve their research skills. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) expects that this program will lead to a steady supply of exceptional PhD students from underrepresented groups.

Support
PREP Scholars are paid a salary as research apprentices, in addition to benefits and tuition (if applicable).  Scholars are required to devote a minimum of 9 person-months (75% of full-time professional effort) and the remaining 3 person-months (25% effort) for further academic development.

Eligibility

  1. United States citizenship or permanent resident
  2. Underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences
    (Includes individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, those with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (socially, culturally, economically below established low-income levels or educationally). Racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in biomedical research include: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands)
  3. Completion of baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science from an accredited U.S. college or university awarded no more than 36 months
  4. Willing to devote a minimum of 9 person-months (75% of full-time professional effort) and the remaining 3 person-months (25% effort) for further academic development.
  5. Not be currently enrolled in a degree program
  6. Committed to applying to doctoral training program in a biomedical sciences
  7. GPA 3.0 or above
  8. Some relevant research experience strongly recommended

ASU PREP Timeline
The ASU PREP year begins July 1 and runs through the following June (12 months).

Summer

  • Arrive at ASU in Tempe, AZ
  • PREP Scholar-mentor interviews and lab selection
  • Begin working in your research lab
  • Development of individualized development plan
  • Begin preparing for submission of graduate school applications
  • GRE preparation
  • Take the GRE in late summer

Fall

  • Research – participate and present in lab meetings and journal clubs
  • Take bioethics course
  • Take 1 graduate level course if appropriate
  • Attend research seminars
  • Participate in weekly ASU PREP group meetings covering a range of topics important for preparation of graduate school applications and career development
  • Participate in other professional development workshops offered on campus
  • Prepare and submit graduate school applications
  • Begin preparing for graduate school interviews
  • Attend ABRCMS, SACNAS or other national meeting as appropriate
  • Present overview of research status at the end of fall semester

Spring

  • Research – participate and present in lab meetings and journal clubs
  • Graduate school interviews
  • Take 1 graduate level course if appropriate
  • Participate in weekly ASU PREP group meetings covering a range of topics important for preparation of graduate school applications and career development
  • Participate in other professional development workshops offered on campus
  • Attend research seminars
  • Present a short talk on your research project

Early Summer

  • Wrap up research project
  • Celebrate moving onto graduate school

How to apply
Application acceptance begins January 1 each year. Completed applications are reviewed upon receipt. The application deadline is March 31 each year. Submit the following to prep@asu.edu

ASU Graduate Education waives the admissions application fee for PREP scholars
Graduate Education domestic admissions application fee will be waived for PREP scholars applying to an ASU graduate program. There are two ways to facilitate the admissions application fee payment:

  • before submitting the ASU graduate admissions application, ask the PREP program director to fax a copy of the PREP award letter to 480-965-5158 or email it to Jennifer Cason at jennifer.cason@asu.edu.
  • after submitting the ASU graduate admissions application and fee, ask the program director to fax the PREP award letter to 480-965-5158, indicate the date the application was submitted and include the application reference number or ASU ID number.

Contact
Dr. Brenda G. Hogue
Director, ASU PREP
brenda.hogue@asu.edu