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 individualized professional development and academic/ professional preparation before entering a PhD program. MU PREP is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
Success of our Scholars: 89% of MU PREP Scholars enrolled directly into graduate or professional programs. Read more »
Patricka Williams-Simon is using gene therapy and novel drug design approaches to treat neurodegenerative disease. Read more »
Former PREP Scholar Simone Temporal is now a postdoctoral fellow at Pennsylvania. Read more »
MU PREP-ing for the Future Post-baccalaureate program aims to prepare more minority students for graduate school. Read more »
MU PREP scholars and program Co-Director Prof. Michael Garcia at ABRCMS 2014 in San Antonio, TX.
Eric Villalon, former MU PREP scholar, poses beside his poster at the Gordon Conference on Neural Development in August 2012.
We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2021. We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2022 early in the fall.
"The flexibility of the MU PREP program allowed me to first experience diverse areas of research and then to conduct research like a graduate student and understand the dedication necessary to be successful in graduate school."
Dr. Stephen Shannon, NIH IRACADA Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers University
"The lab rotations in MU PREP confirmed that I was interested in being a scientist and increased my confidence in my abilities in science. The graduate level classes increased my confidence that I could make it through the course work for my PhD."
Dr. Willie Agee, Head of the Virology Section, Tripler Army Medical Center
"Through the PREP Scholars program I experienced what it was like to do research on a daily basis and see a project from start to finish. It gave me the confidence to go to graduate school and pursue a career in science research."
Dr. Simone Temporal, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
"The design of MU PREP – to be actively involved in science, participate in national meetings and in on-campus journal clubs, and take graduate classes that corresponded with my unique research interests – prepared me very well for graduate school."
Walatta-Tseyon Mesquitta, Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin
"The MU PREP faculty-student working environment contributed to my growth as a scientist. The Journal Club experience in presenting and discussing scientific papers made the transition to graduate school much easier for me."
Pat Enmore, Graduate Student, SUNY-Stony Brook