Program description

PREP was created to increase and support diversity within the biomedical research workforce, which is essential for the long-term competitiveness of the United States, and for the identification and resolution of health care disparities. As part of this commitment, UW PREP will provide laboratory and didactic training to students who identified as members of groups underrepresented in biomedical sciences (see eligibility), who have recently graduated with a B.S./B.A. degree, and who wish to optimize their preparation for a successful completion of biomedical doctoral programs (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.).

The UW PREP supports students for one year with a $32,000/year salary, plus benefits, educational allowance, and per diem/travel to one national conference. The program runs from mid-June until the end of June of the following year.

  • Five-week writing workshop developed specifically for the program
  • One graduate or upper-level undergraduate course at UW
  • Health and safety mandatory training
  • Responsible conduct of research training
  • Training in methods for enhancing rigor and reproducibility
  • Fellowship application course at the Dept of Chemistry
  • Interdisciplinary cutting-edge research in a host lab in a field matching the student’s research interests
  • Weekly informal research/lab meetings
  • Department/division seminar series
  • Weekly journal club
  • Networking opportunities
  • Bi-weekly one-to-one meetings with the Program’s director
  • Individual Development Plan (IDP): The student and the program’s director will develop a plan to obtain effective mentoring, counseling, and academic support
  • Advice and counsel to develop graduate school applications for at least five top-tier graduate programs
  • Orientation through a set of introductory meetings to meet other trainees, PREP administrators, faculty, and staff
  • A mentor will direct the different aspects of a cohesive and interdisciplinary research project
  • Attend one national scientific meeting
  • Attend the yearly SACNAS/ABRCMS meeting
  • Informal lunch session with one prominent scientist from URM group for networking
  • Yearly retreat with one prominent scientist with a URM background
  • Present their scientific findings at the UW annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in May

In addition, the students will receive supplemental training in scientific writing, literature evaluation, and interaction with the academic scientific community.