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MU PREP Scholars

2015 PREP scholars

2016 MU PREP Scholars

MU PREP scholars have come from the full range of academic institutions, from small liberal arts colleges to large research universities. Many are from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Minority Serving Institutions.

MU PREP scholars said that they were attracted to MU PREP for its cutting edge faculty research programs, its interdisciplinary research focus, our comprehensive research and professional development program for PREP Scholars, and because of the collegiality they saw among our Scholars when they visited campus.

Our former Scholars are very successful. Eighty-four percent enrolled directly in graduate programs and 78% in PhD programs. Of those that enrolled in PhD programs, 91% have already received their PhD or are on track to do so. Those who received their PhD took on average 6.4 years to complete the degree, well below the national average of 6.9 years in the life sciences and 7.8 years for underrepresented minority PhD candidates in the life sciences.

Taylor CraigTaylor Craig
tackc3@mail.missouri.edu
BS, Emory University

Rody KingstonRody Kingston
rk9q8@mail.missouri.edu
BS, Morehouse College

Kayla MarksKayla Marks
kdmfhc@mail.missouri.edu
BS, Rochester Institute of Technology

Tina NdamTina Ndam
tanq4f@mail.missouri.edu
BS, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Jocelynda SalvadorJocelynda Salvador
js7c4@mail.missouri.edu
BS, University of California-Irvine

Andrew SmithAndrew Smith
aasbq6@mail.missouri.edu
BS, California State University at Stanislaus

Tiffany TaylorTiffany Taylor
tctpnb@mail.missouri.edu
BS, SUNY, College at Oneonta

Willie Agee, PhD
BA, Savannah State University
MU PREP Scholar 2003-2004
PhD, Medical College of Georgia, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, 2011
Currently: Asst. Chief, Microbiology, Tripler Army Medical Center

Patrick Akande
BS, Medgar Evers College
MU PREP Scholar 2014-2016
Currently: Applying to MPH programs

James Allen
BS, University of Illinois-Urbana
MU PREP Scholar 2011-2013
Currently: Doctoral Student, Washington University, Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Alicia Barnes, DO, MPH
BA, Knox College
MU PREP Scholar 2004-2006
DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2011
Currently: Resident in Psychiatry, Cooper University Hospital, NJ

Edelio Bazan
BS, University of Texas-Pan American
MU PREP Scholar 2013-2015
Currently: Doctoral Student, Pennsylvania State, Plant Pathology

Telia Bledsoe
BA, Alabama State University
MU PREP Scholar 2003-2005
Currently: Quality Assurance Laboratory, Unilever Corp.

Militza Bonet
BA, Inter American University of Puerto Rico
MU PREP Scholar 2006-2007
MPH, University of Missouri, School of Public Health, 2009
Currently: Community Programs Manager, Medical College of Wisconsin

Lana Bruney
BA, Alabama State University
MU PREP Scholar 2003-2005
PhD, University of Notre Dame, Chemistry/Biochemistry, 2015
Currently: Chemist, Office of Policy, Center for Drug Evaluation, FDA

Jessica Burroughs-Garcia
BA, Inter American University of Puerto Rico
MU PREP Scholar 2005-2007
PhD, University of Missouri, Biological Sciences, 2013
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow in Neurobiology/Anatomy, University of Utah

Aisha Burton
BS, University of Illinois-Chicago
MU PREP Scholar 2012-2013
Currently: Doctoral Student, Indiana University, Microbiology

Gerialisa Caesar
BA, Medgar Evers College
MU PREP Scholar 2009-2011
Currently: Doctoral student, University of Missouri, Biological Sciences

Taylor Craig
BS, Emory
MU PREP Scholar 2016-2017
Currently: Doctoral student, University of Michigan, Neuroscience Graduate Program

Richard De La Rosa
BS, New Mexico State University
MU PREP Scholar 2015-2016
Currently: Doctoral Student: University of Texas Health Sciences Center-San Antonio, Integrated Biomedical Sciences

Theresa Dinh
BA, University of California-Davis
MU PREP Scholar 2004-2006
PhD, Univ. of California-Riverside, Chemical Genomics/Bioinformatics
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow in Pathology, Stanford University

Natalie Downer
BA, Medgar Evers College
MU PREP Scholar 2006-2007
PhD, University of Missouri, Biological Sciences, 2014
Currently: Assistant Professor of Biology, Truman State University

Franklin Echevarria
BA, Iowa State University
MU PREP Scholar 2010-2011
Currently: Doctoral student, Vanderbilt University, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Program

Gilbert Encarnacion Cortes
BS, University of Puerto Rico – Humaco
MU PREP Scholar 2013-2014
Currently: MPH student, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Patricia Enmore
BA, Medgar Evers College
MU PREP Scholar 2009-2011
Currently: Doctoral student, SUNY-Stony Brook, Neurobiology

Wanda Figueroa-Cuilan
BS, University of Puerto Rico-Cayey
MU PREP Scholar 2012-2014
Currently: Doctoral student, University of Missouri, Biological Sciences

Kristal Gant
BS, Elizabeth City State University
MU PREP Scholar 2015-2016
Currently: Doctoral Student, University of Wisconsin, Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology

Shaundra Glass (Shaw)
BA, Tennessee State University
MU PREP Scholar 2006-2007
Currently: Clinical & Research Specialist, West Clinic in Memphis

Jarreau Harrison
BS, Medgar Evers College
MU PREP Scholar 2015-2016
Currently: Doctoral Student, University of Rochester, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

Chiamaka Isiguzo
BA, St. Olaf College
MU PREP Scholar 2014-2015
Currently: Medical Student, A.T. Still University

Taryn James
BA, Florida A&M University
MU PREP Scholar 2003-2004
PhD, University of Missouri, Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, 2011
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin, Oncology

Dan Landayan
BS, University of California-Davis
MU PREP Scholar 2011-2013
Currently: Doctoral Student, University of California-Merced, Quantitative and Systems Biology

Angela Lovett
BS, California State University-Sacramento
MU PREP Scholar 2012-2014
Currently: Doctoral student, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Biomedical Sciences/Microbiology

Kayla Marks
BS, Rochester Institute of Technology
MU PREP Scholar 2015-2017
Currently: Doctoral student, University of Missouri, Microbial Pathogenesis and Therapeutics

Walatta-Tseyon Mesquitta
BA, Illinois Institute of Technology
MU PREP Scholar 2009-2011
Currently: Doctoral student, University of Wisconsin, Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology

Janelle Miranda Fajardo
BS, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Pedras
MU PREP Scholar 2014-2015
Currently: Doctoral Student, New York University-Sackler Institute, Neurosciences

Tina Ndam
BS, Maryland-Eastern Shore
MU PREP Scholar 2105-2017
Currently: Applying to MD programs

Christie Ojiaku
BS, University of Florida
MU PREP Scholar 2011-2013
Currently: Doctoral Student, University of Pennsylvania, Pharmacology

Rachel Omolewu
BA, Wilberforce University
MU PREP Scholar 2004-2006
MA, Wright State Univ. School of Medicine, Physiology, 2010
Currently: Quality Management Analytical Chemist, Cargill Inc.

Kristy Ortega
BA, California State University-Stanislaus
MU PREP Scholar 2014-2015
Currently: Doctoral Student, George Washington University, Biomedical Sciences

Keila Pena-Hernandez
BA, Inter American University of Puerto Rico
MU PREP Scholar 2004-2005
MPH, University of Missouri School of Public Health, 2011

Currently: Contact Representative, Social Security Administration

Nadia Perez
BS, University of North Carolina-Pembroke
MU PREP Scholar 2011-2013
Currently: Doctoral Student, University of Michigan, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Jolill Ross
BA, Spelman College
MU PREP Scholar 2009-2011
MA, University of Missouri, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, 2014

Currently: Associate Account Manager, Life Science Solutions, Thermo Fisher

Stephen Shannon
BA, University of Missouri-St. Louis
MU PREP Scholar 2004-2006
PhD, University of Missouri, Biological Sciences, 2012
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow in Oncology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Christine Simbolon
BS, Whitman College
MU PREP Scholar 2011-2013
Currently: Doctoral Student, John Hopkins University, Cell, Molecular, Developmental and Biophysics

Andrew Smith
BS, California State University-Stanislaus
MU PREP Scholar 2016-2017
Currently: Applying to DDS/PhD programs

Jerry Steward
BS, University of Missouri
MU PREP Scholar 2013-2014
Currently: High school biology teacher/counselor in St. Louis

Simone Maria Temporal
BA, SUNY-Stony Brook
MU PREP Scholar 2005-2007
PhD, University of Missouri, Biological Sciences, 2012
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow in Neurobiology, University of Pennsylvania

Marielis Torres-Medina
BA, Inter American University of Puerto Rico
MU PREP Scholar 2005-2007
MA, University of Missouri, Food Science and Nutrition, 2008

David Vasquez
BS, Virginia Tech
MU PREP Scholar 2015-2016
Currently: Doctoral Student, University of Georgia, Interdisciplinary Disease Ecology

Eric Villalon
BA, University of California-Davis
MU PREP Scholar 2010-2012
PhD, University of Missouri, Biological Sciences, 2016
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow in Veterinary Pathobiology, University of Missouri

Charles Washington III
BA, University of Pennsylvania
MU PREP Scholar 2013-2015
Currently: Doctoral Student, University of Chicago, Human Genetics

Patricka Williams-Simon
BA, Medgar Evers College
MU PREP Scholar 2013-2015
Currently: Doctoral Student, University of Missouri, Biological Sciences