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PREP Scholar PI Agreement 2018


To be eligible for PREP@UGA, applicants should satisfy the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or national or permanent resident of the US
  • Documented membership in a group that has traditionally been underrepresented in biomedical science careers (racial/ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities.) According to the most recent data, the following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.)
  • No more than 36 months past baccalaureate graduation (from an accredited US college or University) as of July 1, 2019, and not currently enrolled in a graduate program.
  • Baccalaureate degree must be in a relevant life sciences discipline
  • Intend to apply to a leading PhD or MD/PhD program during the PREP training period
  • Willingness to sign PREP Scholar PI Agreement 2018

Required application materials

  • Completed online application
  • Official undergraduate transcripts. The overall GPA mean for the current group of PREP@UGA scholars is 3.37; however, all applications will be given serious consideration. (Note: if overall or science GPA falls below 3.0, then a detailed written explanation should be provided by the applicant)
  • Official undergraduate transcripts should be sent electronically from your institution or via regular mail to:
    Dr. S. Mark Tompkins, PREP Transcripts
    Center for Vaccines and Immunology, Rm 1510
    University of Georgia
    Athens, GA 30602
  • An essay that outlines career goals and research interests, makes a case for why the applicant is suitable for the Program, and describes what the applicant expects to gain from the Program.
  • A detailed description of how the applicant intends to achieve his or her career goals, including plans for application to graduate schools, should be provided.
  • A formal, detailed description of research experiences the applicant has had or, if none, a description of activities performed in laboratory courses and what was learned.
  • Three letters of reference. These should be from academics or professionals who know the applicant well and are familiar with her or his career aspirations. These could be: the applicant’s undergraduate academic advisor, a research mentor or teacher in a laboratory course, or any other teacher who knows the applicant well. Letters from personal acquaintances and family members are not acceptable. All reference letters must be received by the March 1, 2019 deadline.
  • A current curriculum vitae/resume emailed to