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If you are a student with a strong interest in infectious diseases OR any area of biological life sciences, this program offers you a bench science experience in any one of a number of research laboratories conducting cutting-edge research across a broad and exciting array of disease problems. PREP@UGA scholar research opportunities include: Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Ecology, Environmental Health, Genetics, Infectious Diseases, Institute of Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacy, and Population Health. This experience will prepare you for graduate training and a successful career in science. We are committed to helping you to prepare an application that will be competitive for the very best PhD and MD/PhD programs in the US. 

PREP@UGA offers:

  • A one-year long intensive research training experience
  • A competitive stipend with access to health insurance
  • Access to tuition-free course work and other formal instruction as part of an individualized development program
  • A research mentor and a mentoring team to provide a supportive and proactive training experience
  • Integrative activities that provide opportunities to interact and learn with graduate students, PREPing scholars for graduate school
  • Ample opportunities to hone oral, written, and graphic communication and presentation skills
  • Funding to attend and present research at at least one national or international scientific conference 

What makes PREP@UGA unique?

A unique feature of PREP@UGA is the focus on training in infectious diseases; however,  PREP@UGA participants will gain skills enabling them to pursue studies in other areas of biomedical research such as: Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Ecology, Environmental Health, Genetics, Institute of Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacy, or Population Health. The main goal of our Program will be to contribute to training the PREParation of scientists who represent future leaders in investigations into any of the biological life sciences and, more specifically, in Infectious diseases. 

  • Infectious diseases have a tremendous impact on our society and are a serious global public health problem. Lack of vaccines, inadequate drug treatments, and emergence of resistance in pathogens are serious challenges for the control of infectious diseases. Good science and well-trained professionals are the basis for the successful development of new control and treatment measures.
  • The University of Georgia is in an exceptional position to provide world-class, diverse training in pathogen biology and host/pathogen interactions. There are more than one hundred researchers from different Departments and Colleges at UGA working on infectious diseases. Research includes work on protist and helminth parasites, pathogenic bacteria, a diversity of viral pathogens, and five select agents. PREP scholars will benefit from close ties with the Department of Infectious Diseases, and the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, and the Faculty of Infectious Diseases, among other units at UGA.
  • UGA resources and facilities, which include more than ten high containment laboratories, including a vivarium capable of supporting containment work with large animals using high consequence pathogens, are unique to our Institution. All of these attributes make UGA the place to train in infectious diseases.