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Sponsored by the Minority Access To Research Careers (MARC) Branch of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program at CWRU School of Medicine is designed to support recent diverse college graduates who are preparing for a career in biomedical research. The program offers a paid research experience with seasoned investigators in active and dynamic laboratories. These faculty research mentors provide strong training in the practice and culture of science.

In addition, students complete significant programming to strengthen academic preparation, to increase communication skills, and to complete graduate school applications that will augment the research experience. Measurable outcomes include matriculation at CWRU and other graduate programs, as well as indicators of science attitudes, coursework grades, and personal reflections of accomplishment.

Core Experience and Activities

Your core experience as a PREP Scholar is an introduction to research as a scientific apprentice. You'll participate as a paid technician and complete other PREP activities for the remainder of your effort. You will be matched with a funded investigator in an area of your interest to experience research first-hand. Other developmental activities will be tailored to your unique needs, including laboratory and technology training, formal coursework, written and oral communication skills, and test-taking workshops.

  • You'll take specific coursework tailored to your needs, and tuition will be covered
  • You'll participate in departmental seminars and journal clubs
  • Your performance on standardized tests will be improved through GRE preparation workshops
  • You'll meet weekly to present your work to each other and your mentors
  • You'll complete a course in the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • You'll maintain regular contact with the Program Coordinator
  • You'll post progress on the PREP Scholar's Hub
  • You'll apply to graduate programs with coaching on personal statements and interviewing

Get Involved

Variety of prep scholars around a table.

PREP Scholars become members of the Minority Graduate Student Organization (MGSO) at CWRU, which fosters development through seminars, meetings, and social activities. Learn more about MGSO >

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Application season opens on December 1.

Priority will be given to applications received before January 31. Applicants will be reviewed immediately following this date and offers will be made on a rolling basis.

We will continue to accept applications until our final deadline of March 15th.

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