The Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) from the NIH aims to develop a diverse pool of well-trained postbaccalaureates who will transition into and complete rigorous biomedical, research-focused doctoral degree programs (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in biomedical fields. The NIH has funded the UofSC PREP since 2011. Over the past 10 years, UofSC PREP has provided funding for 48 bright potential graduate students to take a year after completing their baccalaureate degree to work as full time research technicians in biomedical laboratories where they demonstrate their aptitude for research while taking graduate level courses. Thanks to this opportunity, two thirds of these PREP Scholars have been accepted into PhD programs, and many have already completed their PhD degrees.
Drs. Bert Ely (PI), Alissa Armstrong (co-PI) and Richard Hunt (co-PI, Distinguished Emeritus Professor, School of Medicine) just received new funding of $1.8 millions to continue the PREP for underrepresented minority students. This renewed funding will provide support for 7 new PREP scholars per year for the next 5 years. Congrats!