PREP (Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program)


Juan Apiz Saab (PREP class of 2018): “The UChicago PREP allowed me to get hands on research experience, and see myself as a member of the scientific community who can really strive for positive change.”

UChicago PREP completes the 2019-2020 year virtually

The eight 2019-2020 UChicago PREP Scholars completed the PREP Program “virtually” this year due to the ongoing COVID pandemic and campus lab closures.  While it was an unusual end to the year, the PREP Scholars were able to take advantage of virtual courses, journal clubs, lab meetings, research presentations and seminars throughout the Spring Quarter.  Special thanks to Co-director Dr. Domowicz who met with the PREP Scholars twice weekly for journal club, professional development sessions and virtual research presentations.  The Scholars all also completed a final written research report based on their lab research conducted this year.  Congratulations to all on your continued commitment to your education and training throughout the most unusual and trying circumstances in 2020!  This group is now moving on to their next career steps and have enrolled in graduate programs at Washington University, University of Chicago, San Francisco State University/UCSF, University of Michigan and Columbia University. Good luck to all in the next phases of your careers!

UChicago PREP Scholars, Class of 2020

UChicago PREP Scholars, Class of 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!

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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