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PREP Program

PREP Poster

PREP 2017 Application

Application Deadline:  March 3, 2017

PREP Newsletters:

Training Newsletter, Spring 2013 
Training Newsletter, Fall 2012
Volume 1 Issue 1 (January 2010)
Volume 1 Issue 2 (July 2010)

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 received renewal funding in March 2014 for 6 positions. The program is primarily to provide intensive research experiences, but is also designed to enhance acceptance into graduate programs by providing a chance to remedy academic deficiencies and to provide assistance with the GRE. Students must be less than 3 years post-bachelors 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 for tuition for ~2 undergraduate or graduate level 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:

Sixty-eight nationally recruited trainees have participated in the program between 2001 and 2013. A total of 20% of our PREP trainees came from our summer program (14). Twenty-three students were offered positions and sixteen entered programs at WFSM (12 PhD, 1 MD, 2 Master’s, and 1 technical). To summarize the success, 54 trainees entered graduate programs (28 PhD and 18  Master’s) with a 93% retention rate, 10 entered professional schools(100% retention), 4 are technicians, and 5 are teaching math or science. The majority of these participants were African American (~75%). The PREP pipeline contributed ~25% of the minority students in biomedical sciences graduate program over the past 9 years and over this time period, the percentage of under-represented minority students rose from less than 5% to 16-20%.Fifteen students have already completed the PhD, with another 4-6 scheduled for completion of their PhD in 2015; two already hold assistant professor positions. Six new students entered the program in August, 2014.

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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