SMART PREP Program begins in June. The exact program dates will be announced at a later date. Applications will open Dec. 1.
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded SMART PREP Scholar grants (GM069234-2003-2014) to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences for Baylor College of Medicine to help under-represented college graduates prepare for biomedical Ph.D. study. Scholars will complete the program within 9 to 12 months, depending on each scholar's individual development plan. There are seven positions available each year.
The program features:
- Paid mentored biomedical research at one of the nation's top institutions
- A molecular and cellular biology course designed for the program
- Weekly Introduction to Graduate Research workshops
- Standardized Test Preparatory Course
- Graduate school application workshops
- Individual counseling on applying to Ph.D. programs
- Individual tutoring and development in specific areas
- Interaction with a vibrant community of more than 80 under-represented students Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students
PREP Scholars will work 3/4 time as technicians and conduct research at the frontier of biomedical science at a current salary of $27,000/year. The program director will work with each scholar to identify the lab mentor that best matches each scholar's interests and goals.
Scholars will participate intellectually in research through directed reading of scientific papers, in lab meetings, journal clubs and seminars that relate to their research interests. Faculty and graduate student mentoring and attending Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity meetings and scientific conferences will help inspire and motivate participants to strive for excellence as they become members of the scientific community. Scholars will be eligible for health insurance and other benefits available to employees.
The final application deadline is April 16. The priority (early review) deadline is Feb.1.
Before you Apply:
- Are you a United States citizen, national, or permanent resident?
- Were you awarded your baccalaureate degree no more than 36 months prior to applying to PREP?
- Are you part of an under-represented group in science?