Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded a PREP R25 grant to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences for Baylor College of Medicine to help under-represented college graduates prepare for biomedical Ph.D. study. These PREP Scholars will complete the program within 12 months, depending on each scholar's individual development plan. There are seven positions available each year.

The program, which begins June 1, 2020, 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
  • Fellowship and 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 90 under-represented students 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

PREP Scholars

PREP Scholars spend three-fourths time as technicians to conduct research at the frontier of biomedical science and one-fourths time in educational activities at a salary of $30,000/year. The program director works with each scholar to identify the lab mentor that best matches each scholar's interests and goals. Scholars participate intellectually in research through directed reading of scientific papers, attending lab meetings, journal clubs and conferences that relate to their research lab. 

The education arm of BCM PREP includes a Professional Development Course (academic success, career development, communication skills, applying to grad school, applying to the NSF-GRFP); Introduction to Graduate Research (IGR) Course (Fall – develop critical thinking and scientific communication skills, analyze literature, create a poster for ABCRMS; Spring – scientific writing and produce a one specific aim NIH-style proposal); and Molecular and Cellular Biology Course.

Faculty and peer mentoring inspire and motivate participants to strive for excellence as they become members of the scientific community at BCM. Scholars are eligible for health insurance and other benefits available to employees.

Research Areas

Biomedical Engineering
Cancer Research
Cardiovascular Sciences
Cell Biology
Computational Biology
Developmental Biology
Gene Therapy Technology
Molecular & Human Genetics
Molecular Biology
Structural Biology

PREP Application

The final application deadline is March 2, 2020. Applications received by Jan. 1, 2020 will be considered for early review and are strongly encouraged. Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis.