Preparing the Next Generation of Bioscientists
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 scholars annually each June 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
"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
The final 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.