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We are no longer accepting applications for 2018. We will begin accepting applications for 2019 in the fall.

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We seek underserved, underrepresented and other disadvantaged students with a passion for science, the enthusiasm for hard work in an exciting and supportive environment, and a record of achievement at the undergraduate level.

Please ensure that you meet the following eligibility criteria.

  1. You must be a US Citizen, National or Permanent Resident.
  2. You must have graduated or be in the process of graduating with a baccalaureate degree in a biomedical relevant science, from an accredited US college or University, no more than 36 months before your expected matriculation into the PREP program, and not be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.
  3. You must belong to a group considered to be underrepresented in the field of biomedical research by virtue of:
    1. Race/ethnicity. Nationally, racial and ethnic groups who have been found to be underrepresented in biomedical research include, but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic/Chicano/Latino(a) Americans, Native American/American Indians, Alaska Natives, Mainland Puerto Rican, or Native Pacific Islander [American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Melanesia, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Palau, or the Philippines].
    2. Disability. Those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.
    3. Economic or Educational Disadvantage.
      1. Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds - published at
      2. Individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.
  4. You must plan to apply to a PhD granting program in a biomedical related field after successful completion of PREP.

The application consists of three elements:

  1. An online Application Form. Be sure to include all required attachments.
  2. Three letters of recommendation, to be sent by college science teachers and/or research mentors using the Faculty/Mentor Recommendation Form that we will automatically provide to them. If you have participated in laboratory research, at least one of the letters should be from your research mentor(s).
  3. Transcripts of all undergraduate work. You can either: (1) have official transcripts mailed directly to: MU PREP Scholars c/o Dr. John David, 420 Tucker Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211; or (2) send unofficial transcripts as e-mail attachments to:


Applications are processed continuously. The number of MU PREP Scholar positions is limited, so early application is encouraged. We will begin reviewing applications March 1 and continue until all positions are filled.


If you have questions about the MU PREP Program please contact: Dr. John David, MU PREP Program Director, at Mail: 420 Tucker Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211. Phone 573-882-0120. Fax: 573-882-0123.