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Applicant Profile

The CWRU Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program accepts students from diverse groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are considered underrepresented in the biomedical research field include the following racial and ethnic groups: American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos (including Puerto Rico), Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders. Students with disabilities or students from disadvantaged backgrounds (individuals who come from a social, cultural, economic, or educational environment that have directly inhibited their development and participation in a research career) are also encouraged to apply.

Importantly, applicants to the CWRU PREP must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident
  • An underrepresented minority, disabled, or disadvantaged student as defined above
  • Strong desire and commitment to pursuing a PhD in the biomedical sciences
  • Seniors about to graduate with a baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) from an accredited U.S. college or university in relevant biomedical field or students who have attained such a degree 36 months prior to the date of submission of their application to PREP
  • Good undergraduate grades
  • Some, but perhaps limited, research experience
  • PREP Scholars must apply to PhD granting graduate programs in a biomedical related field

Application Deadline

Application season begins Dec. 1st of each year. Priority will be given to those applications that we receive by January 31st. As applicants are processed continuously and the number of positions is limited, early application is encouraged. We will continue to accept applications until our final deadline of March 15th. Accepted PREP scholars begin at CWRU on the last Monday in June or first Monday in July.

After Acceptance

Once accepted into the CWRU PREP, Scholars will:

  • Work closely with the PREP Administrator to make a seamless transition to the program
  • Become an employee of Case Western Reserve, with a salary of $27,200 per year plus associated benefits
  • Arrival dates are somewhat flexible, but generally occur in early July
  • Receive guidance on mentor matching

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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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