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PREP Program

PREP Program

PREP 2018 Poster

PREP 2018 Application

Application Deadline:  March 2, 2018

PREP Newsletters:

PREP 2012 Symposium
PREP 2011 Symposium
PREP 2010 Symposium

PREP 2012 Symposium Pictures
PREP 2011 Symposium Pictures

We are pleased to offer the WFSM Post-baccalaureate Research Education (PREP) Scholars opportunity funded by the NIGMS and created in August of 2001 to provide 1-2 years of research, coursework and GRE preparation to students under-represented in seeking the PhD for careers in research in the biomedical sciences.  The program is primarily to provide intensive research experiences, but is also designed to enhance acceptance into graduate programs by providing limited graduate coursework and to provide assistance with the GRE. Students must be less than 3 years post-bachelor’s degree and interested in obtaining a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences. The positions are funded at a salary of $27,200 from the grant and the grant also provides tuition for ~2 courses per year.  Trainees accepted into the program select research mentors from a wide range of topic areas for their research intensive experience. There are journal clubs and other enrichment activities provided throughout the year. 

Summary of PREP Outcomes from 2001-present:

Eighty trainees participated in the program between 2001 and 2017.  Sixty-two percent were accepted into PhD programs and 23% into professional schools or terminal Master’s programs.  Retention is 92% , well above the average nationally for PREP (~60%).  Overall, 92% of PREP Scholars remain in research intensive or research-related careers.  The majority of the participants were African- American (78%). The PREP pipeline contributes 20-30% of the minority students in WFGS biomedical sciences programs, increasing the percentage of under-represented minority students from less than 5% fifteen years ago, to 16-20% over the past several years.  Seventeen students have already completed the PhD, 76% of those entered post-doctoral training programs, and 4 now hold academic faculty positions.  Approximately 20% of PREP trainees came from our summer programs.  

For more information contact: 

Hypertension and Vascular Research 
Attn: PREP
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1032
Telephone: (336) 716-0757
FAX: (336) 716-2456


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