PREP (Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program)


Newsletter 2019

PREP Symposium 2019

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 University of Chicago PREP Scholars!  8 Scholars finished the PREP program and presented their research at the PREP Symposium on June 12, 2019.  They will be enrolling in graduate school to continue their studies at institutions including Northwestern, Emory, Georgia State, Baylor and UCSD this Fall.  We wish them the best in their future research careers!

UChicago PREP Scholars, class of 2019

Xiomarie Alejandro-Navarreto, PREP Class of 2016

PREP Alum Spotlight

Xiomarie Alejandro-Navarreto received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao, and participated in the University of Chicago PREP Program in 2015-16.  As a PREP Scholar, Xiomarie joined the laboratory of Dr. Sean Crosson in the Department of Microbiology.  Her PREP research was recently published in 2019 in the Molecular Microbiology Journal.  After the PREP, Xiomarie enrolled in the University of Illinois at Chicago, Graduate Education in Biomedical Sciences program, where she was awarded an NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship for her first two years of graduate school.  Xiomarie joined the laboratory of Dr. Nancy Freitag at UIC and is continuing her research in the Microbiology field.  In graduate school, Xiomarie has been the recipient of multiple travel grants to conferences to present her research, and was awarded the AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science Fellowship in 2018.  She passed her qualifying exams this year and has been involved in teaching, mentoring undergraduate trainees in her lab, and is active in her local SACNAS chapter serving as Secretary of the Board.  Congrats Xiomarie on all your accomplishments!

PREP/IMSD Midwest Regional Symposium 2019

The 2019 Midwest Regional PREP & IMSD Symposium was held May 10-11, 2019 and was hosted by the University of Chicago and Northwestern University PREP and IMSD Programs at the Big Ten Conference Center.  The 85 participants from 7 Midwestern institutions included 29 PREP Scholars, 38 graduate students, 7 guest speakers and panelists, and 11 PREP/IMSD program directors.  The theme of the 2019 Symposium was “From Here to There:  My Science, Our Community, Our Stories” and was organized by a student-led committee of PREP Scholars and IMSD graduate students from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, and included scientific research sessions, professional development, and networking opportunities.  The Symposium was designed to highlight the stories and journeys of individuals form underrepresented groups pursuing scientific careers, and how students and professionals alike overcame adversity to be where they are today.

The Symposium was sponsored by the University of Chicago BSD Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the NIH, and the UChicago and Northwestern PREP and IMSD Programs.

Click here to read the full article: 2019 Midwest Regional Symposium recap 

2019 PREP/IMSD Midwest Regional Symposium Attendees

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