Post-baccalaureate students from backgrounds that remain underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. This refers to ethnic and racial minorities and students with mental and physical disabilities.

The goal of PREP@UGA is to provide individuals who are interested in pursuing research-oriented graduate degrees (PhD or MD/PhD) with the skills and attributes required for successful careers in science as well as entry into competitive PhD and MD/PhD programs in the US.  

No. In addition to Infectious Diseases, PREP@UGA scholar research opportunities include a broad array of departments: Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Ecology, Environmental Health, Genetics, Institute of Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Pharmacy, and Population Health. The Infectious Diseases department at UGA is top-notch; however, the primary focus of PREP@UGA is training in your area of interest.

Yes. Scholars will receive an annual salary similar to that of a first-year graduate student (~$30,000 per year) with access to health insurance for the duration of the one year program. 

The GRE is not required. There is a place to report a score on the application, if you are interested in doing so. An increasing number of graduate programs are no longer requiring GRE scores as they are not predictive of success in graduate school.

PREP@UGA’s next group will start on July 15, 2021.

Appointment of PREP scholars will be for one year. In exceptional cases, a longer training period may be possible.

 Currently we are not accepting Scholars outside of our annual application and enrollment schedule. 

The theme of the PREP@ UGA research training is infectious diseases. This focus allows the Program to draw on the exceptional strength, breadth and diversity of programs that focus on infectious diseases at UGA. This research training focus is intended to engender a sense of cohesiveness for the PREP scholars, enhancing their research training experience and preparing them for a career in biomedical research, which increasingly involves teamwork and collaborative networks. The environment at UGA for infectious diseases research is excellent, as evidenced by the large number of seminars, courses, Research in Progress seminars and journal clubs that are related to pathogens. PREP@UGA scholars will be able and encouraged to participate in many of these activities in addition to their laboratory work and PREP@UGA-specific development activities.

The objective of this program is to provide scholars with a range of expertise that will serve as a foundation for their future career plans. While largely focused in the broad area of infectious diseases, the training provided by PREP@UGA will ensure that scholars gain the skills and insights necessary to pursue successful PhD programs in any area of biomedical research.

  • Be matched to a faculty mentor whose mentoring style and research program align with the needs and aspirations of the scholar
  • Conduct a research project partnered with a current member of the mentor’s laboratory; research activities will consume approximately 75% of the scholar’s fulltime effort.
  • Attend graduate-level intensive reading and Responsible Conduct of Research courses
  • Receive small-group and personalized intensive GRE preparation instruction; GRE will be taken after completion of the instruction
  • Attend UGA’s Graduate School fall workshop on admission requirements, discussions on time and stress management, professional development opportunities, the importance of and the how-to’s for publishing as a graduate student, and strategies for success in graduate school.
  • Participate in departmental seminars, lab meetings, journal clubs and other scientific activities interacting with faculty, graduate coordinators and senior graduate students.
  • There will be daily interaction with a graduate student or postdoctoral level mentor. There will be weekly meetings with a faculty mentor and with the program directors.
  • Mentors will assist Scholars with developing professional and personal support networks and will help Scholars to develop a rich and varied community in which scientific and personal issues and concerns can be discussed and addressed.
  • Mentors will help scholars apply to graduate programs with coaching on personal statements and interviewing techniques. 

Individual Development Plans (IDPs) are intended to identify the major strengths and weaknesses of each scholar, and provide a logical and cohesive framework with which scholars can develop the skills and attributes required for a successful career in biomedical research. IDPs will be developed by the mentoring team with guidance by the Program Directors, and will be based on a detailed assessment of the Scholar’s academic and research experiences and skills and the scholar’s career goals. IDPs will be formulated such that each scholar will gain a series of skills and credentials that our faculty believes are essential for success in graduate school and beyond.

In the fall of 2021, scholars will apply to competitive graduate programs. This process will be supported by PREP@UGA. Assistance with effective oral and written communication and interviewing skills will be integral to the training experience. 

  • I have a bona fide interest in, an intent to participate in, and complete in its entirety PREP@UGA
  • I agree with and will sign the PREP Scholar PI agreement
  • I intend to apply to a top PhD or MD/PhD program during the PREP@UGA training period.
  • I pledge to comply with and be responsive to all efforts to track my progress during and after my completion of PREP@UGA.

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