Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

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Preparing the Next Generation of Biomedical Researchers

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The Baylor College of Medicine Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (BCM PREP) is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institute of Health (NIH).  The BCM PREP prepares college graduates who are underrepresented (UR) in science and medicine to enter and succeed in rigorous biomedical Ph.D. programs.

This competitive 12-month program enrolls 7 BCM PREP scholars in June annually and features:

  • Paid mentored biomedical research at one of the nation's top institutions 
  • A molecular and cellular biology foundations course
  • A BCM PREP Director’s course to train scholars in critical thinking and project management
  • Professional Development workshops 
  • Graduate school application workshops 
  • Individual counseling for successful applications to rigorous Ph.D. programs 
  • Interaction with a vibrant community of >100 UR Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students 
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"I had experience in research, but had no idea whether or not I was ready to commit to graduate school or continue with my original plan to earn an M.D. While exploring the BCM website, I stumbled upon the PREP program website. I rushed to apply before the deadline. The program helped me realize that a Ph.D. aligned more with my free spirit. I realized I could do whatever I wanted with this degree and never be restricted to just one career path."

- Grace Adeniyl-Ipadeola, Ph.D. Student and Former PREP Scholar

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PREP Application

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The application deadline is March 2, 2021. Applications received by Jan. 1, 2021, will be considered for early review and are strongly encouraged. Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis. Please review the Application Components to submit a complete application.

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Before You Apply

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  • Are you a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident?
  • Are you a member of an underrepresented populations in the U.S. Biomedical Enterprise? (refer to the box below)
  • Were you awarded your baccalaureate degree (BA, BS) no more than 36 months prior to applying to our program?
  • Review Admissions to know the qualities we look for in an applicant
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BCM Recruiting Events

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Want to learn more about the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine? We might be coming to your hometown. Visit us at the one the events listed in the link. Meet with Graduate School faculty, staff and admissions reps!

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Underrepresented (UR) Populations in the U.S. Biomedical Enterprise

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The following groups have been shown to be UR in science: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, individuals with disabilities, individuals from a disadvantaged background and women in math-intensive research.

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