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PREP Program

PREP Program

PREP 2018 Overview

PREP 2018 Application

Application Deadline:  March 2, 2018

Academic Calendars 
Spring Schedule 2018 - located under the Bowman Gray tab

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-six trainees participated in the program between 2001 and 2018.  Sixty-five percent were accepted into PhD programs and 48% into professional schools or Master’s programs (totals more than 100% as some students are counted in both categories).  Retention is 92% in post-PREP training, well above the average nationally for PREP (~63%).  Overall, 98% of PREP Scholars remain in research-intensive or research-related careers.  The majority of the participants were African- American at 74% or Hispanics at 21%. The PREP pipeline accounts for 20-30% of the minority students in WFUGS biomedical sciences programs, which contributed to an increased percentage of under-represented minority students from less than 5% fifteen years ago, to 16-20% over the past several years.  Twenty-two students have already completed the PhD, 84% of those entered post-doctoral training programs, and 10 now hold academic positions.  Approximately 12% of PREP trainees came from our summer programs.  

PREP 2014-2015 Symposium
PREP 2015-2016 Symposium
PREP 2016-2017 Symposium

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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