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A program to help recent college graduates from underrepresented groups attain a career as a PhD-level scientist

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Are you interested in a career as a PhD-level biomedical scientist but don't know how to get there?  If so, PREP@UC may be the program for you.

The Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (PREP@UC) is a one-year paid internship designed to help diverse college graduates enter a doctoral program and achieve a career as a PhD-Level biomedical scientists. The program is open to recent graduates with a Bachelor's degree who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, underrepresented racial or ethnic groups, or who have a disability.

PREP@UC is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Our program is designed to fill a gap in PREP program coverage in Appalachia and a need expressed to us from students and faculty in our region (southern Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia). However, we welcome qualified students from across the United States.

Program Highlights:

  • Position as a Visiting Scholar with a salary of $33,000/year + health insurance
  • Learn laboratory skills and perform cutting-edge biomedical research in a laboratory at the University of Cincinnati (75% of your time)
  • Develop your professional skills through participation in journal clubs, classes, workshops, and research seminars (25% of your time)
  • Travel to a national conference to present your work
  • Learn about the many career choices open to Ph.D. level scientists
  • Work with faculty to develop a career plan and prepare graduate school applications
  • Develop a network of mentors to guide you through career transitions and provide you with reference letters

Application Deadlines and Program Dates:

  • Applications for PREP@UC open on December 15. Completed applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served, basis. No applications will be considered after March 30
  • The program start date is June 1
  • The program end date is May 31
Photo of a lab member in the Luo Lab

Program Directors

Brittany Allison-12 (002)
Dr. Brittany Allison

Assistant Dean for Graduate Diversity and Education

Dr. Mark Baccei

Professor of Anesthesiology

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Medical Sciences Building
Room 1654
231 Albert Sabin Way
PO Box 670548
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0548

Mail Location: 0548
Phone: 513-558-5626