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03/31/15

The application period for the
2015-16 PREP program is now open. Decisions will be made by the end of March 2015.

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What is PREP?

Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) encourages students of underrepresented groups who hold recent baccalaureate degrees to pursue doctorates in biomedical sciences. PREP participants work as apprentice scientists in laboratories and participate in professional development activities, as well as taking a course per semester.

PREP is a one-year paid internship with the goal of strengthening research skills and academic competitiveness of participants for pursuit of a graduate degree. Accepted interns will receive tuition and 95% of health care paid.

Note: Students are required to attend the summer research program (SPUR) in order to be considered for the year-long PREP program. To find out more about SPUR, visit: http://neagep.org/spur.html.

What do we do?

The UMass PREP program is unique in that it focuses on using interdisciplinary approaches to answer important scientific questions in fields such as:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Cell biology
  • Cellular Engineering
  • Chemistry-Biology Interface
  • Computational biology
  • Developmental biology
  • Genetics
  • Institute for Cellular Engineering (ICE)
  • Kinesiology
  • Microbiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Physiology

How do we do it?

PREP is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to PREP Principal Investigators: Drs. Sandra Petersen (Life Sciences) and Lynmarie Thompson (Chemistry).