PREP (Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program)

The PREP (Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program)

is designed to provide mentoring, research skills, coursework and a positive learning environment to recent post-baccalaureate students, who intend to pursue a PhD degree in biomedical science.  This program is a unique opportunity in particular for students belonging to groups underrepresented in the biomedical or behavioral sciences as defined by NIH to strengthen their applications to PhD Programs nation-wide by conducting research as laboratory technicians for one year at the University of Chicago and by participating in diverse academic activities that will prepare them to be successful graduate students.

The PREP Application for the 2021-22 academic year is now open!  Please see our application page for instructions and application links.  The application and letters of recommendation are due by March 31.

Update:  The 2021-2022 PREP application deadline is extended until 4/9/2021 at 5pm CT. 
                Recommendation letters will be accepted until 4/16/2021 at 5pm CT.

Participants in the PREP must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

We are very happy to welcome the 2019-2020 PREP Scholars! They represent the following institutions:  

St. Francis College, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Case Western Reserve University, Appalachian State University, California State University at Long Beach, Northwestern University, University of Central Florida and University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón

Their research interests include chemical biology, virology, neuroscience, cancer biology, immunology, genetics, and microbiology.

PREP Scholars at the Fall 2019 ABRCMS Conference

PREP Class of 2019


The University of Chicago is located seven miles south of the city center in the community of Hyde Park/Kenwood. The campus is bordered by two major parks and Lake Michigan. The University of Chicago enjoys the juxtaposition of stately gothic buildings and new research buildings furnished with the latest scientific facilities.

The city of Chicago offers endless activities for entertainment and leisure including restaurants, sports, cultural events, and shopping for all tastes and budgets.  Many students, staff and faculty live in the neighborhood of Hyde Park where the University of Chicago is located, and walk to campus or use the frequent free shuttle service.

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