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Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

An experience in Basic and Translational Research

For recent college graduates

Many talented underrepresented students approach college graduation not quite ready to start graduate training. Some students discover research late in their college careers and need more research experience to compete for top Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. programs.

What is the focus of the post-baccalaureate program?

The focus of the program is to help meet the critical need for diverse investigators in basic translational research. This objective is achieved by providing:

  • An intense mentored research experience in basic science or translational research in the top labs at Mayo Clinic
  • Special seminars and selected graduate level courses to expand student's knowledge base so the can begin to apply basic science knowledge to biomedical research
  • Mentoring and guidance to assist with successful continuation into a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. program to succeed in a basic or translational biomedical research career

Who should apply?

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents
  • Underrepresented students who have attained a bachelors degree within the past three years, or seniors about to graduate in a biomedical science discipline who are planning to pursue a Ph.D. degree in biomedical science
  • The College of Medicine of Mayo Clinic considers underrepresented individuals as belonging to the following groups: Black/African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or US Pacific Islander, and members of other racial and ethnic groups considered to be underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research. Eligibility based on a disadvantaged background.
  • Students who are willing to make a full-time commitment and personal commitment to the program similar to that of a first-year graduate student

What will be provided?

  • Ten research assistantships are available on an annual basis, usually for a period of one year. A salary of $21,000 per year is provided. A second year of support may be available.
  • Full eligibility for the Mayo benefit package including low-cost, comprehensive medical coverage through Mayo Clinic
  • A dynamic mentored research experience in a supportive environment characterized by outstanding research resources, a cooperative approach to research and an atmosphere with the highest level of mutual respect among all students and staff
  • A curriculum including seminars, workshops, and courses
  • Extensive mentoring on career choices and application to graduate school
  • Careful matching between student and mentor research and career interests
  • GRE preparation course
  • The option to enroll in a limited number of Ph.D. level graduate courses at Mayo Graduate School

When can I start?

The curriculum is designed for students to begin in early June. However, other starting dates may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

How and when do I apply?

The application deadline is May 1 for applicants planning to begin the following June. Applications received at other times will be considered on a space-available basis.

What are the selection criteria and process?

All materials submitted with the application will play a role in the selection process. Since students come from very diverse backgrounds and have many different future interests, none of the application elements will dominate in the selection process. The Selection Committee will look for individuals who show the greatest promise of succeeding in disease-oriented basic and translational research careers.

Processing and review of completed applications will begin during the first week in February. Appointment offers will be made on a rolling basis. Applicants should expect to receive a status notification within 6 weeks after submitting the application.

What if I have questions?

Please contact:

  • Dennis Mays, Ph. D.
    • Program Manager-Diversity Grants
    • College of Medicine Office for Diversity
      Mayo Clinic
      Mitchell Student Center
      200 First Street SW
      Rochester, MN 55905
    • Phone: 507-266-8911
    • mays.dennis@mayo.edu

Supported by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

  • March 27, 2013
  • ART785411