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VT-PREP ( Post Baccalaureate Research and Education Program)

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To provide individualized mentoring, coursework, the development of strong laboratory research skills, and a supportive learning environment to postbaccalaureate students from historically underrepresented groups interested in pursuing a Ph.D. and a research career in biomedical and behavioral sciences and engineering.  




The VT-PREP is supported by the NIH through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).This program is a 12-month mentored research experiential work and educational program. 75% of each scholar's time will be in a mentored research program while the other 25% of the time will be in enrichment programs like VT undergraduate and/or graduate course work. We provide academic seminars off-site and technical workshops to gain additional laboratory skills, Graduate school preparation and survival as well as a GRE preparation program. Eighty percent of our PREP scholars go on to graduate school.

Please read the 2010 PREP Handbook (PDF | 38KB) for further program description



Program's Goals

  • Identify and train the next generation of research leaders and innovators in biomedical and behavioral sciences that are interested in pursuing a Ph.D.
  • To impart early exposure and rigorous academic preparation for under-represented students in biomedical and behavioral sciences
  • To help define career goals and research interests, while developing professional skills essential to succeeding in graduate school as well as achieve research carrier goals
  • To prepare students to enter graduate programs through sustained academic support, career development activities and research opportunities


  • $27,000 annual stipend plus benefits as a Graduate Student
  • Tuition Scholarship
  • Travel support to attend and/or to present at a scientific meeting; potential for travel money to attend a workshop for training in the degree field.
  • Increased competence and experience in the scientific field of interest
  • Social and academic diversity that facilitates success



Check Out Our New PREP Logo!

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Check Out Our New Brochure Too! Prep_brochure (PDF | 2MB)


View the Spring 2014 schedule 2014-SpringForumSchedule (PDF | 125KB)

News and Updates

Philip George has passed his Dissertation! Congrats to the new Dr. Philip George 

Congrats to our recent Ph.D. recipients: Drs Kacie Allen-Blackman, Frank Criscone, Mary Etna Haac! 

Congratulations to Gade, Shernita, Albert, Kacie, Bianca, Alana, Tristan, Nina and Alicia! Their abstracts were accepted by ABRCMS!

Serena has passed her Dissertation! Congratulations to the new Dr. Serena Parks

Congrats to Nikki  for being awarded the National Institutes of Health fellowship to study diabetes and obesity.

Read about her research 

Congratulations to our PREP scholars for their recent achievements

Check out the latest about the VT-PREP program.

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