Purdue University Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) in the Biomedical Sciences

Program Overview

Purdue PREP is a one-year post-baccalaureate program for individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical sciences who have recently completed their baccalaureate degree.  The PREP program is designed to help prepare individuals who have high scholarly potential and a strong interest in scientific research for entry into competitive doctoral programs and successful completion of a PhD, DVM-PhD, or MD-PhD.  Participants in the Purdue PREP will prepare individualized development plans for academic and professional goals, participate in a full-year of mentored laboratory research, take one graduate-level course per Fall/Spring semester, and participate in other research and professional development activities.  By the end of the one-year Purdue PREP, participants are expected to apply to a minimum of four PhD, DVM-PhD, or MD-PhD programs in the biomedical sciences.  The 2016-2017 Purdue PREP is jointly funded by the Purdue University Office of the Provost and College of Veterinary Medicine.

Support

Purdue PREP participants will receive a salary of $20,000, in addition to health benefits and tuition. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must have already graduated or be in the process of graduating with a baccalaureate degree in the biomedical sciences, from an accredited U.S. college or university, no more than 36 months prior to applying to PREP
  • Must not be currently enrolled in a degree program
  • Must belong to groups considered underrepresented in the biomedical sciences as defined by the (National Institutes of Health) NIH, including: individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (socially, culturally, economically, or educationally). Applications are especially encouraged from students who are African American/Black; Hispanic/Latino American; Native American Indian/Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • Must be willing to apply to a minimum of four PhD, DVM-PhD, or MD-PhD programs by the end of the PREP program
  • Must have a GPA 3.0 or greater
  • Prior research experience is strongly recommended.

Purdue PREP Timeline

The PREP program year begins June 6th 2016 and ends the following May 2017 (12 months)

Summer

  • Arrive at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Begin working in your research laboratory
  • Participate in weekly meetings covering a range of topics important for application to graduate programs and career and professional development
  • Develop an individualized development plan (IDP)
  • Take a 3-credit research and professional development course
  • Present a short talk and poster on your research project

Fall

  • Participate in mentored, hands-on research
  • Take a 3-credit research and professional development course
  • Take one graduate level course
  • Prepare and submit graduate school applications
  • Begin preparing for graduate school interviews
  • Present overview of research at the end of the semester

Spring

  • Participate in mentored, hands-on research
  • Take a 3-credit research and professional development course
  • Take one graduate level course
  • Graduate school interviews
  • Present a short talk and poster on your research project

Vacation Leave

The PREP is a 12-month commitment. It is expected that PREP participants, similar to graduate students, will take no more than two weeks of vacation [10 work days], in addition to University holidays, during the one-year program. Note that breaks in course work (Fall, Winter or Spring breaks, or anything beyond the official university holidays) are not holidays for PREP participants. PREP participants are required to schedule any absences with the PREP Director and the faculty member in whose lab they are working. Unscheduled absences or excessive vacation time will result in a stipend reduction and/or possible suspension from the Program.

How to Apply

The 2016-17 application will open March 1st, 2016.   Review of applications will begin April 18st.  Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Applicants should submit the following to mendrysa@purdue.edu

  • Purdue PREP application (PDF)
  • Curriculum vita
  • Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required upon acceptance into the PREP)
  • Three letters of recommendation

For question about Purdue PREP or the application process, please contact:

Dr. Susan M. Mendrysa
PREP Program Director
Purdue University
Phone: (765) 494-8622
Email:  mendrysa@purdue.edu

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