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About PREP

The MU Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) provides opportunities for members of groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences who hold a bachelor's degree to obtain independent mentored research experience and individualized professional development to prepare them to enter a Ph.D. program. MU PREP is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Welcome to MU Prep


We are no longer accepting applications for entry Summer 2024. We will begin accepting applications for entry Summer 2025 in the fall.

Outcomes (as of 11/21)

80% of MU PREP Scholars enrolled in a PhD program. 92% Enrolled in either a graduate or professional degree program [PhD, MD/DO, DDS, MS, MPH] after MU PREP

In the past 5 years, MU PREP Scholars entered PhD programs at Alabama-Birmingham, Cornell, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Northwestern, Southern California, Univ. Texas Health Sciences Center- San Antonio, Univ. California-Davis, UCLA, and Wisconsin.

91% of MU PREP Scholars who enrolled in a Ph.D. program were supported by a competitive Fel-lowship or Traineeship

93% of those enrolled in a PhD program earned their PhD degree. This is well above the 54% national PhD completion average for URM candidates and 63% national PhD completion average for all candidates.

5.6 years is the average time for MU PREP Scholars to complete their PhD. This is better than the national average of 6.9 years for all PhD candidates and 7.8 years average for URM PhD candidates