- Take GRE and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if appropriate
- Prepare personal statements
- Select graduate programs
- Identify skills for success in graduate school and formulate an individual development plan
Most Scholars begin around July 1. The first objective is assessment of personal goals and research interests, then mini-rotations are used in selecting a research lab. Individual plans are prepared in consultation with the Program Director.
During these orientation sessions, the unique needs and goals of each Scholar will be identified. Specifically, the following questions will be addressed:
- What additional coursework is needed to augment the Scholar's record?
- Are there new areas of interest?
- Is a GRE prep course appropriate?
- What other unique issues need to be addressed to ensure optimal preparation?
- Can mini-rotations help identify research mentor for the year?
Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program Scholars continue to meet weekly as a group with PREP leadership throughout the year.
Goals and Program Objectives
- Socialize Scholars to the research environment: Direct laboratory research and mentoring convey the culture of science and its rewards, increase understanding of research process, and increase identity with the profession.
- Improve academic preparedness: Science or math graduate coursework, tutoring, and workshops address educational needs.
- Provide a foundation for student success: Access to a diverse and supportive network of student groups and programs fosters a sense of community and provides additional avenues of connection.
- Enhance professional development and communication and technology skills: Participation in research forums institutionally and nationally and workshops on communication and technology literacies will supply the future tools needed for success.
Research Symposia and Meetings
Research experience is key to the PREP and is likely to produce results! Scholars have the opportunity to present their research and attend national meetings, including Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Following each trip, all Scholars attend a debriefing meeting where attendees will summarize highlights of the research presented.