Michigan Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

Most strong graduate schools consider significant research experience an essential requirement for admission. Our goal is to recruit students who discover an interest in experimental science late in their undergraduate career, or even after graduation, and as a result have less extensive experience than other stronger applicants. In other cases, students may have adequate research experience, but have specific deficiencies in their academic background that weaken their graduate school application. In all cases, students will have the opportunity to complete additional needed coursework, while gaining additional research experience working in the labs of and being mentored by our committed faculty.

The University of Michigan’s Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP), which was initiated in 2009, has received support from the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH) for another 4 years. The objective of the PREP is to provide individuals who have recently obtained their baccalaureate degrees with additional extensive academic enhancements and research experiences. This will strengthen their candidacy for admission to the nation's strongest PhD programs, and allow them to gain PhD degrees in biomedically-relevant sciences. The program is part of the training efforts of the “Diversity in the Biomedical Workforce” initiative at the NIH.