Requirements

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Eligibility

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, 2021, 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

Required application materials

  • Completed online application
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts. The overall GPA mean for the current group of PREP@UGA scholars is above 3.0, however, all applications will be given serious consideration. If overall or science GPA falls below 3.0, then an explanation should be provided by the applicant in the application essay. If the applicant is selected to join the program, official transcripts will be required.
  • A brief statement (300 words or less) that outlines career goals and research interests, makes a case for why the applicant is suitable for PREP@UGA, and describes what the applicant expects to gain from the program.
  • A brief statement (300 words or less) description of how the applicant intends to achieve their desired career goals, including plans for application to graduate schools. This statement should also include a description of previous research experiences, if applicable.
  • Three letters of reference. These should be from academics or professionals who know the applicant well and are familiar with their career aspirations. These could be: the applicant’s undergraduate academic advisor, a research mentor or instructor in a laboratory course, or any other instructor who knows the applicant well. Letters from personal acquaintances and family members are not acceptable.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae (CV).